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Oceanator is one of our favourite NYC bands. Elise & Co. have been playing livestreams since the pandemic started, and hopefully you’ve caught them and gotten a glimpse at some of the amazing new songs off their upcoming album “Things I Never Said.”

Late summer rock and roll is always a reason to celebrate. Hitting the internet, and your local record stores, in late August was Oceanator’s debut record. It was originally going to be released on Tiny Engines, but when that ship went down she saved it and put it out on her own, and next year Polyvinyl is going to be re-releasing it. Pretty good turn of events honestly. “Crack in the World” hits a little harder this year with Elise Okusami belting out “and I’m still trying my best you know it keeps getting harder and harder every day”. She sings this while the music thrashes you around, much as this year has. This record screams to be played live with tracks like “Hide Away” and “January 21st” just wanting to bust out of their confines.

The main guitar riff in “Heartbeat” is one of the most uplifting of the year and the song itself is straight out of a late 90’s or early 00’s movie montage. Elise sings with and over herself on “I Would Find You” and it’s strangely hypnotic. “The Sky is Falling” begins quietly as anger slowly builds up until the music cannot be held back any longer and the guitar swoops in to get it out all as the rest of the band picks up as well. It’s the heaviest song on the album. We are left with “Sunshine” telling us we can be ok on our own. It may not be ideal this year, but self-love is something we all need sometimes.


Released August 28th, 2020

All songs written by Elise Okusami

Elise Okusami – guitar, bass, drums, synths, vocals
Eva Lawitts – bass
Andrew Whitehurst – drums
Mike Okusami – drums, bass, synths
Aaron Silberstein – drums

Oceanator aka Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Elise Okusami, is releasing her debut album, “Things I Never Said”, on August 28th via her own Plastic Miracles label. She has shared a new song from it, “Heartbeat,” which is about the anxiety that comes from having a crush on someone.

Okusami had this to say about “Heartbeat” in a press release: “This song is loosely about having a crush, and both the grounding feeling and the anxiety that feeling brings. We recorded it all together like a live performance, and then I went back and added the lead guitars and the vocals. Guitar and vocals by me, bass Eva Lawitts (they), drums Aaron Silberstein (he).

Things I Never Said includes “A Crack in the World,”. Then we loved the album’s next single, the more synth-poppy “I Would Find You,”.
Things I Never Said was originally due to come out on Tiny Engines, but then that label pretty much imploded after it was revealed that it was having difficulty making royalty payments to its artists, so Okusami is putting out the album on her own label instead. Although the British label Big Scary Monsters has just announced that they have signed Oceanator and will be releasing the album in the UK.


Releases August 28th, 2020

All songs written by Elise Okusami

Brooklyn-based musician Elise Okusami has been making music since an early age, cycling through a series of bands throughout the years. In 2016, she started putting songs out as Oceanator, and the following year released the project’s debut EP. On the side, she also drums for bands that include the Adventures Of The Silver Spaceman and Vagabon (she plays on the latter’s Infinite Worlds album. In April, Okusami is releasing the second Oceanator EP, which is called Lows, an accurate title for the roller coaster of emotions that it exhibits.

Lead single “Mistakes” is red-hot in its intensity — each instrument sounds like it’s projected from underneath a layer of volcanic ash.

Oceanator “Lows” out April 13, 2018 on Tiny Engines

Elise Okusami, who has played drums in Vagabon and the Adventures of the Silver Spaceman, also makes shimmering indie rock as Oceanator. Okusami layers her lovesickness and loneliness over an unexpected backdrop of bubbly 1980s synthpop and crisp percussion. – Pitchfork
This coupling of introspective reflection and boisterous intensity quickly establishes itself as the Oceanator trademark. – Various Small Flames
The great curls that sprout from the top of Okusami’s head are merely metaphors for all the musical seeds this talent has planted over the years. – Tom Tom Mag
Oceanator proves to be a project with a surprising amount of range, depth, understanding, and versatility. – Heartbreaking Bravery