Album Review: Ocean Alley - Lonely Diamond

“It’s pushing forward into the unknown… taking a journey to a different place or a different time that seems familiar or that you’ve been before and all the emotions and feels that come with that", Guitarist Mitch Galbraith says of Ocean Alley's third studio album, 'Lonely Diamond'.

The record couldn't be more fitting in these times, with everyone longing to be back at festivals and concerts amid the coronavirus pandemic.

But, fear not, as 'Lonely Diamond' is the perfect tonic in these uncertain times. From the minute you switch it on you'll feel like you've been transported to a festival with the sun beaming down on you as you enjoy a cold one.

After the success and acclaim of its predecessor, 'Chiaroscuro' , expectation was always going to be high for the follow-up, but fans of the Sydney outfit won't be disappointed.

The 12-track record is brimmed with sunny psych-rock trips - most around the four minute mark - with hazy guitars aplenty. It's like Pink Floyd meets easy listening.

'Tombstone' - which wouldn't sound out of place on a Lenny Kravitz album - really brings the funk.

'Way Down' comes with a killer blues solo on a level with late guitar-slayer Gary Moore.

'Up In There' deals in sultry guitars and laboured drums, whilst singer Baden Donegal's vocal really takes flight.

The euphonious collection contains some of their most introspective and honest lyrics to date.

On 'All Worn Out' - which comes with a scintillating sax solo to boot - Donegal asks himself: "Am I up or down? I seem to keep on spinning round?..."

Mood-led sprawling soundscapes and nostalgia are plentiful, it's an album made to get lost in.

Rating: 8/10

For Fans Of: Gangs of Youth, Lenny Kravitz

Release date: 19.06.20