Exclusive Premiere: Hannah Ana Oceanside (2019)

Edward Buckridge

21 Feb 2019

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Oceanside is the debut single from Canadian-Australian singer-songwriter and I Heart Songwriting Club member Hannah Ana.

Firstly, this song captures a yearning for the ocean. Then, it brings emotion to life in a restrained and contemplative composition full of feeling. As a result, almost operatic in its emotional content.

Lyrically, this continuum arrives between lovingly detailed descriptive passages (“ripples reflect on the ocean floor”). There are unabashed declarations of personal impact and connection (“I feel it all – mind, body and soul”). Virtually every phrase hints at the ocean in some way – “deeper yet”, “sinking below”, “gentle vibrations.” The overall effect is immersing yourself in the story, as in the water.

Supporting this ebbing and flowing feeling is a spaciously textured arrangement. The song is carefully crafted to rise and fall, like the waves it evokes.

The first verse is largely unadorned. Subtle synth pads bring warbling oboes and strings to mind. However, the focus remains on the rich, resonant alto of the lead vocal. Harmonies are sparing to emphasise key lines. Occasional pauses and short moments of silence enhance the sense of building tension.

The addition of delayed percussion to the mix builds the energy that will break out in the second verse and chorus.

At its peak, Oceanside has a beautiful, encompassing grandeur. The third verse is a stripped back reprise of the first. In conclusion, the omission of a final chorus left me wanting more. This was a great decision!

I was lucky enough to hear earlier iterations of this song. My excitement to hear a studio version has been more than met with this beautifully crafted production.

Be the first to listen to the Oceanside single and watch the music video here before its release on all digital music platforms from Fri 22 Feb. 

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