The producer and composer of digital music known as Europa's Ocean has released his latest EP record, titled, “Ambient Vivid Dreams.” The extended-play album has been published on the Europa Records independent music label, entirely without the financial or managerial support of the corporate music power structure. Bearing six original tracks for an approximate total listening time of 36 minutes, it is closer to a full-length album than to a traditional EP and provides a roundly comprehensive showcase of music by Europa's Ocean for listeners not yet acquainted.
Hailing from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Europa's Ocean has cited as main artistic influences such popular music groups as Secret Garden and Sigur Ros, with groups like Swans, Grimes, Tiësto, and Seven Lions as favorites also. As might be gathered from its title, the “Ambient Vivid Dreams” record is largely a work of ambient music, though terms like 'chillout,' 'cinematic soundscape,' and even 'new age' also appear as tags for the EP on the artist's official BandCamp page.
While 'ambient' is certainly an appropriate descriptor for Europa's Ocean's new album, fans of the genre might be surprised at its highly melodic content. A category populated by soundscapes and sonic textures, rather than by orchestrated chord progressions and verse-chorus structuring, ambient does not typically offer many of the attributes contained in “Ambient Vivid Dreams.” Among other characteristics, Europa's Ocean has written his music with traditional instrumentation and phrases over a background of ambient sound, making the record far more accessible to fans of many different music styles than it otherwise might be.
“My sound is crafted with harmonically rich synth pads and a strong piano melody,” writes the artist in his official bio online. “My goal is to create ethereal sonic landscapes with supernal reverb and huge stereo delay.”
With regard to the chosen name of his music project, he writes that “Europa’s ocean is the only other place in the universe where we are certain liquid water exists. And the possibility of life there is significant. My music is inspired by astronomy, theoretical physics, and of course Love of all forms.”
Europa is the sixth-closest moon of the planet Jupiter and is thought to be composed largely of ice.
“Ambient Vivid Dreams” is preceded by Europa's Ocean's “Ambient Ocean of Stars” EP published 1 April 2014 on his official BandCamp page.
“Ambient Vivid Dreams” by Europa's Ocean is available online worldwide.
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