Connor Laws


Oceanator’s New “Part Time” Is A Total Power-Pop Gem

May 30, 2023

I’m learning new habits
I’m changing the locks

Oceanator’s best songs come from the tension in finding joy despite the bad times. Last year’s Nothing’s Ever Fine pulled indelible melodies from the malaise of the omni-crisis, looking for grounding in the here and now. Songwriter Elise Okusami’s latest crafts her most unabashedly upbeat song from a breakup, chronicling each tiny choice made to get over a person to a backdrop of fuzzed out major key guitars and handclaps. It draws a straight line through to 90’s jangle back to 70’s power-pop back further to the late 50’s and early 60’s, pulling off the impressive trick of both being a completely joyful earnest ode to a sound and a deeply sardonic use of it. In otherwords, it’s an absolute gem.



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