Song Premiere: The Only Ocean share new single “So Shy So High” — a perfect summer closer

The Only Ocean

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From Lompoc, California (a small coastal town in Santa Barbara) indie rock quartet The Only Ocean have shared their breezy new single “So Shy So High” off their forthcoming EP Too. The EP follows the band’s self-titled debut album released in 2015. With a sound so clean you can almost smell that Santa Barbara ocean breeze, The Only Ocean have delivered a single that is uplifting and full of melodic vibes. With its striking guitar lines, and inviting chorus, “So Shy So High” is the perfect song to kiss the summer goodbye. Trust, this melodic ditty will definitely get stuck in your head.

“I don’t want to give too much away, but it’s the most personal song off our new EP, shares lead singer and guitarist, Wesley Hill. “To be honest, I have no clue how the song happened. I remember writing it but when we first played as a band it took on its own life. I thought it was going to be this super depressing sounding song but when we started playing it just sounded so beautiful and uplifting. It was definitely a first for us.”

Oddly enough “So Shy So High” almost didn’t make the cut. The band decided to record it two days before they went to track in the studio. It’s a good thing they did, as the song is one of the most favorable numbers off their five-track EP.


Friends since childhood, The Only Ocean is made up of Wesley Hill, Dustin Whalen, Shae Kakos, and Alex Burdess. Growing up with bands like Green Day, the Strokes and Arctic Monkeys, the boys have matured in their tastes in music and have taken inspiration from moody heavyweights such s Elliot Smith, Juana Molina and Radiohead. The Only Ocean have pulled from the aforementioned acts to build a sounds that embodies all facets of rock ‘n’ roll. They’ve definitely stepped it up since their debut album release with a more bold and flavorful sound. From the brash alt rock heard in their previously released single “Cul-De-Sac” to the anthemic melodies experienced in “So Shy So High” — The Only Ocean’s new EP Too is sounding all sorts of good.

Produced by Graham Ginsburg and Rick Mabery of The Barn Music Studio, and Jonathan DeBaun (The Mars Volta, Le Butcherettes, Antemasque), The Only Ocean have yet to put a release date on their forthcoming EP, but they’re jazzed to get it out in the hands of the public.

“”We are very excited to release this new music because it’ll give our fans a taste of the kind of direction we want to take, shares guitarist Dustin Whalen. I feel like the new EP sounds a bit more aggressive.”

Stream the premiere of The Only Ocean’s new song “So Shy So High” below, and be sure to follow them on Facebook for news and tour dates announcements.

Stream The Only Ocean’s New Single “So Shy So High”


Stream The Only Ocean’s “Cul-De-Sac”

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