Ocean Music is a musical collective created by multidisciplinary artist and healer Richard Aufrichtig. Born in the Hudson River Valley, schooled in New York City and Berlin, descendant of at least three European countries, student of theater, published poet, notable wanderer, and supposedly prolific, Aufrichtig leads a band of native Californians, bringing to life songs full of “cinematic grandeur” (Active Listener).
Critics have described Ocean Music as a “mellifluous and woozy … lo-fi troubadour” (Time Out New York), playing “beautifully atmospheric acoustic folk epics” (An Earful), and “traditional American songwriting with a modern instrumental sensibility … blurring the line between music, poetry, and theatre” (KCAW).
Ocean Music has four releases under their belt (aside from the dozen-plus that Aufrichtig has released under other names): 2014’s Ocean Music, 2016’s Songs From The City, in addition to 2018’s Jorge Marco Turino and Beach Captain. The past two years found Ocean Music occupied with the project of electrifying their material with a band including lead guitarist Kevin Schwartzbach, bassist Rebecca Kushner, drummer Alex Thrailkill, and keyboardist Sam Galison, which An Earful described as “an explosive update on Replacements-Pixies-Van Morrison, with interlocking guitars and pummeling rhythms.” Now, the collective is set to release their debut and sophomore albums in 2019, as they evolve once more.
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