After establishing himself with a flurry of fresh and alluring releases this past year, fast-rising Irish alt-pop artist Ocean Tisdall is now looking to cement his legacy to date with the release of his eagerly-awaited debut EP ‘Boys Don’t Cry’, alongside the tender new single ‘Vintage Dreams‘.


Throughout this new collection, the Gen Z artist looks to confront eating disorders, mental health, toxic relationships, crying at parties, sexuality, and acceptance. The new four-track EP features his previously unveiled singles ‘Crying Room’, ‘White Lies‘ and the EP title track ‘Boys Don’t Cry‘, alongside brand new single ‘Vintage Dreams’.

Speaking about ‘Boys Don’t Cry’, he said, ??”Making this EP has been like therapy for me, it has made me look back at past experiences, pull them to the front of my mind and write songs about them. The first thing I wrote down before writing the EP is that everyone has a story in them and I want this EP to be the first chapter of mine, I really feel like we’ve done just that.”

As the final entry on his new EP, ‘Vintage Dreams’ perfectly sums up the raw and heartfelt textures he has looked to inject into his material of late. Offering up a warm and passionate curtain call to this era within his career, he continues his pursuit as one of the more emotionally-charged names on the rise right now.

Adding about ‘Vintage Dreams’, Ocean says “‘Vintage Dreams’ is about someone who makes you fall for them and makes you feel like you have that vintage love that belongs on the big screen. But really they were just the best actor and made you believe they loved you but really they had alternative motives.”

Since emerging in 2021, Ocean Tisdall has crafted a confessional collection of songs that nod to the current musical landscape while also rooted in a love of classic song-writing that stems from his up-bringing. Confessing that he got his love of music from his mum, a young Ocean grew up in Wicklow appreciating his mother’s love of country music, her knowledge of pop divas and being told the only channel he could watch was one that played music videos.

“It was just flowing through me”, Ocean says of his decision to start writing songs. Citing the boost he got from seeing acts like Miley Cyrus and Troye Sivan push up against the boundaries of pop, Ocean says each of his songs are “a little page and chapter from my life”.

That was evident in his debut single release ‘Broke Up With My Best Friend’ which honed in on the difficulty of letting go of a friendship. What began as a series of voice notes became a song that has connected with his growing audience. “When you can’t use words, you can use music to communicate your feelings”, Ocean admits. “It’s like a universal language”.

It’s that blend of the specific and the universal that sums up Ocean’s debut EP. After flying back to Ireland from London during the pandemic, songwriter-producer Seven and Ocean had to go into quarantine. The pair ended up staying in an old, run down house in the Wicklow mountains. The result was a two-week burst of creativity with music as the sole focus with Ocean calling it “time to reflect on past experiences and put them into writing these songs. You could almost call it a therapy session”.

“My aspiration would be to make people feel something”. As a young artist repping Gen Z, Ocean feels he and his generation are “fighting to be heard”. With his heart on his musical sleeve, stop-you-in-your-tracks vocals and earworm hooks Ocean Tisdall wins that battle with ease.

RJ Frometa
Author: RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

About RJ Frometa

Head Honcho, Editor in Chief and writer here on VENTS. I don't like walking on the beach, but I love playing the guitar and geeking out about music. I am also a movie maniac and 6 hours sleeper.

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