Psyence’s latest offering, ‘The Ocean’, serves as a compelling precursor to their forthcoming third album, slated for release in 2024. Emerging from the heart of Stoke-on-Trent in the West Midlands, Psyence have etched their name into the alternative rock scene with a resilient DIY ethos and relentless touring.
The band’s debut album, released in 2019, garnered critical acclaim, with the lead single ‘Cold Blooded Killer’ finding its way into popular US TV shows. The subsequent ‘Reality or Design EP‘ born out of the pandemic-induced hiatus, showcased their unwavering commitment to musical exploration.
‘The Ocean’ diverges from Psyence’s signature thundering alt-rock sound, offering a more reflective and nuanced approach. The single, released independently ahead of their third album, draws inspiration from artists like War on Drugs and Tame Impala – testaments to the band’s diverse musical influences.
The track is a departure from their usual fierce energy, yet it seamlessly captures the essence of Psyence’s evolution. The band’s ability to navigate between genres showcases their musical prowess and adaptability. The song’s contemplative nature hints at a band willing to explore new sonic territories while staying true to their roots.
Psyence’s international breakthrough came through sync placements for ‘Cold Blooded Killer’, leading to a surge in Shazams and streaming numbers. Despite facing personal challenges related to mental health, the band remains resilient, using their art as a form of expression and healing.
Comprising Steve Pye, Jamie Bellingham, Joe Walsh, Ben Nixon, and Jamie Cartlidge, Psyence continues to evolve, leaving an indelible mark on the alternative rock landscape. ‘The Ocean’ serves as a testament to their musical maturity and sets the stage for what promises to be a captivating third album in 2024.
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