Monday, March 7, 2011

Oculi Maris

When Jason Vena (ex-Acceptance) realized he had been bandless for so long, he decided to call another bandless all-star, the one and only Aaron Marsh (ex-Copeland. Together, they called up friends of theirs from post-rock leaders Mogwai, Explosions In The Sky, and Godspeed You! Black Empire in order to recreate both singers' former styles for their new band Oculi Maris. Marsh and Vena rarely sing alone, as wonderful harmonies dominate every one of the band's songs. Munaf Rayani (Explosions In The Sky) creates beautiful ambiance around the two incredible voices, and Martin Bulloch (Mogwai) knows how to create stunning rhythms to keep the music driving. Finally, the multi-talented Sophie Trudeau (Godspeed You! Black Empire) hops on bass for the first time since Thee Silver Mt Zion's The Pretty Lightning Paw EP, along with adding violin, trumpet, and her sweet backing vocals in the recording of the band's self titled debut album. Oculi Maris means "Eye of the Ocean" in Latin, fitting the band perfectly as the band wants to recreate the sound of the ocean and the rest of the world in their music. The band plans to begin recording soon, with Marsh taking the lead in production. The band's debut should be released in Fall. You can follow the band's progress here.

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