Ocean Districts is a 4-piece instrumental band from Tallinn, Estonia. They are; Martin Lepalaan – guitar, Risto Mõtus – drums, Tanel Kõnd – bass, Taavi Liinak – guitar. Here they showcase “Discovery”, the first video from their 2014 debut album, “Expeditions”. It is an explosive song with a lot of energy and a really positive vibe. If you close your eyes you could imagine being at the prow of a ship rising and falling over endless waves with the whole wide world open before you, shouting your joy of discovery into the wind.
About DiscoveryThe video features clips from the 1920 silent film “Way Down East”. Martin Lepalaan explains why the band decided to use scenes from this particular film: “Our debut album “Expeditions” pays homage to the great explorers of our time. This video also honours the people willing to sacrifice their health and safety to achieve something great, be it a piece of exquisite art, film or music.” The film is considered to have one of the most dangerous scenes in film history for the time. In addition Director D.W. Griffith was frostbitten on one side of his face during the shooting and it bothered him the rest of his life. Until the day she died, leading actress Lilian Gish's right hand was somewhat impaired due to the extended filming where her hand was in the icy water.
Band scenes were filmed by Erlend Štaub. Montage and co-director: Rein Zobel, Lighting: Rene Jõhve (Cuu Club). Band would like to thank EW Sound & Light and Stanford Music.
I have one small issue with the video. That is only that it is not quite the full length of the song. The album version fades out with some lovely ambient moments that shouldn’t be missed.
Ocean Districts’ debut album “Expeditions” (released in January 2014) is an energetic work that showcases the heavier end of post-rock territory. It occasionally flirts with elements of post-metal with some complex riffs and exploratory heavy guitars. There’s a definite God Is An Astronaut feel to this and that may explain why they’ve already enjoyed a support slot with that band, in Estonia and Latvia.
Fans of earlier Maybeshewill or If These Trees Could Talk won’t be lost at sea here either. Chiming guitars lead into heavier sections with a rock solid drum and bass backbone. Little bits of voiceover used sparingly and effectively work well. In a very positive way no one instrument stands out for the most part with the music being perhaps greater than the sum of its parts. The songs create atmosphere and lead you like explorers around your own emotional planet. There are elements of synths that underpin things but the rock/metal foundation (guitars/bass/drums) is definitely to the fore in this music. There is some post hardcore kick to this as well, a certain swagger in places. This is an accomplished debut album that hasn’t been rushed and I look forward to seeing how they develop over time.
The band started as a one-man side project in 2011 but gradually evolved into a live-band, featuring experienced members from local metal and rock scene. Sparking interest with their mix of different styles, “Expeditions” release show in Tallinn was performed to a sold out crowd. They have also toured Finland. I wonder if we’ll be lucky enough to see them in the UK anytime soon?