I’ve never really been one for beaches, at least the ones where I live, but that’s mostly a matter of wind. The breeze down by the beach whips past me like I’m made of air and leaves any exposed skin feeling kind of sticky. Strong wind always makes me feel really brave though; I like to stand, let my hair fly around my face, and imagine that I’m actually on a boat headed to an exciting novel adventure. Note however, that’s not the impression of the beach that “Oceans”, by Puscifer gives off.
In one of my previous web-browsing escapades, I was lucky enough to chance upon this song, which has become my theme song for the week. The slow tempo and hazy tone make “Oceans” so relaxing, I can almost hear the waves meeting the shore and then pulling back. These are no mid-day, sunbathed waves fit for surfing. They are the 5 o’clock tide, ebbing away as the sun fades. Facing the sun are blunt, weathered rocks, split neatly into curvy shelves. They’re the kind of rocks you just want to sit on and contemplate mind-boggling mysteries while watching the sun set. What if the sun leaves before you find your answer? It’s no biggie. There’s no hurry. It’s a moment that never leaves your head; it only goes on vacation until you decide to recall the memory. Rather than a new beginning, “Oceans” feels like you’ve reached an understanding. You’ve seen ocean: tempestuous and vengeful, vibrant and beaming. But you’ve never seen the ocean / not like this one.