Paschburg decamped to the Baltic Sea for the composition and recording of the album. The story is intriguing: he spent as much time as possible on the coast throughout the past year, taking in the mood, breathing in the sea breeze, listening to the constant flow of the waves and transposing it all into music.
This period was a defining experience for the young German composer, grown up as a pianist and then attracted by the so-called “neo-classical scene”, listening to Nils Frahm
, Ólafur Arnalds
and other peers.
'Oceanic' is a soundtrack of a landscape with echoes of Bonobo
, on the electronic side, and with Bon Iver
as Paschburg’s main pop reference, co-produced and mixed by Gijs van Klooster (who has previously worked with Joep Beving
and Tom Trago
In ‘Oceanic’, colours and dynamics melt with a nostalgic, sweet, delicate sound and energetic and touching progressions. “There is the calm of the sea, but also its strength”, Paschburg explains.