Atmospheric sludge collective The Ocean, led by founding guitarist Robin Staps, have been cranking out music for nearly two decades with various lineups. Their current lineup features vocalist Loïc Rossetti, who tracked vocals in Spain, as you’ll see in the behind-the-scenes video the band have shared. Because they weren’t recording in a studio, Rossetti records in a DIY “booth” made from mattresses, with a poster of Rob Halford for good luck.
He also discusses eternal recurrence—or the belief that the universe’s existence and energy is a recurring or repeating cycle—as the main lyrical theme on The Ocean’s new album, Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic.
They are also shown in the production steps of the album, which took place in Sweden, discussing the best way to get the sound they desired with producer Jens Bogren (Mary Friedman, Opeth, Paradise Lost). The nature shots the band captured while recording are stunning and make the video worth watching on their own.
Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic is out tomorrow on Metal Blade.