“I am living for this digital dreamy shoegaze that feels so futuristic and post-humanity. It’s almost like finding the new frontier of space or something magical and wonderous.” ★★★★ – Nkechi Anele, triple j Roots ‘n All
“it’s a dreamy, tidal type jam that will have you swirling in another world.”
★★★½ – Declan Byrne, triple j
Last month, Melbourne’s Thomas Lee made his head-turning debut as Australian shoegaze’s latest initiate Oceans, with his immersive tripped-out single ‘Come So Far’. After being added to Spotify’s New Music Fridays AU & NZ along with some other notable Spotify playlists such as Just Chill and Night Shift, the track garnered the fledgling artist an instantaneous and sizeable listenership from eager fans and industry insiders alike. Now Oceans is excited to cut the ribbon on his first ever music video with Come So Far’s beautiful visual accompaniment courtesy of local filmmaker Liam Fitzgibbon.
Emulating the track’s textural densities and effortless ebb and flow, Oceans’ new video follows a wondrous female muse wandering through thick rainforest and along boundless shorelines with no clear directive but to explore for the sake of exploring. Director Liam Fitzgibbon has created a perfect visual encapsulation of Come So Far’s dreamy shoegaze haze and psychedelic undertones with trippy double exposure shots of model and muse Marelle Davey. Styled by longtime musical collaborator Laura Semple aka Atalein the result is a lush cinematic world you’ll want to escape to.
“The theme for the music video I was trying to get across was the idea of using nature as a way to find yourself or recenter. I tried to explore that in a couple of different ways, especially in the double exposure shots that have the model’s silhouette combined with the shots of nature. We did some experimenting with coloured smoke and ink in water to create a more psychedelic look for the chorus and to keep the video varied and interesting. The ink blots and overlays were meant to take us out of the external world for a moment and into the head of the character.” – Liam Fitzgibbon, Director
Oceans is currently working on his forthcoming debut EP which promises a cathartic and introspective look into Thomas Lee’s beachside upbringing and the important role it has played in shaping the artist and person he is today. Expect to hear dreamy pads overlaid with roaring guitars and whispery vocal harmonies singing ballads of love, loss and letting go of the past. Tom is thrilled to be teaming up with a band of like minded shoegaze lovers and is preparing to take Oceans to the stage in a joint single launch with fellow indie outfit Grazer on Saturday 20 March at Some Velvet Morning. Be sure to head down to the free show to catch Oceans launching ‘Come So Far’ and sharing tracks from his bursting catalogue.
Oceans & Grazer Joint Single Launches
Saturday 20 March
Some Velvet Morning
‘Come So Far’ is out now via Ditto
iTunes / Apple Music / Spotify / Bandcamp
‘Come So Far’ video credits
Directed and edited by Liam Fitzgibbon
Cinematography by Liam Fitzgibbon & Kii Belling
Styled by Laura Semple
Starring Marelle Davey