The Ocean Blue

Official Site of THE OCEAN BLUE

The Ocean Blue arrived as the 1980s drew to close, and their debut record on the famed Sire Records label in 1989 seemed to summarize the best of the musical decade. The band of four teenagers from Hershey, Pennsylvania quickly achieved widespread acclaim and radio & MTV airplay, with hits like Between Something and Nothing and Drifting, Falling. They followed their debut release with the subtle and atmospheric Cerulean, which included perhaps their most beloved song, Ballerina Out of Control, and followed that with their highest charting pop album Beneath the Rhythm and Sound and the single Sublime, with a video of the band in the sublime landscape of Iceland. The band's fourth record for Mercury/PolyGram, See The Ocean Blue, was a departure to a more guitar rock sound of the 60s and 70s, but with the band's 80s dna peeking through. After a busy decade of recording and touring, the band left the majors in the late 90s. Several independent releases and related touring followed in the 2000s, including 2000's Davy Jones Locker and 2004's Waterworks EP, and some international touring. In 2013, after much anticipation, the band released their first full length record in over 10 years, Ultramarine, on Korda Records, a Minneapolis-based label cooperative label the band helped launch that same year. The record was a welcome return to form for fans of the band, and garnered widespread praise as one of their very best albums.  In 2014, the band released and toured for an LP version of Waterworks, and in 2015, the band worked with Sire Records and Shelflife to reissue their first 3 albums on vinyl. A limited number of special shows in the U.S. to mark the occasion followed, with the band performing the first 2 albums in their entirety. In 2016, the band did a South American Tour, and is currently at work on a new full length record.


Reviews for ULTRAMARINE

Ultramarine isn’t just a return to form; it’s one of The Ocean Blue’s best albums.
— All Music Guide
The 12 songs on Ultramarine recall the sincere clarity of the band’s self-titled 1989 debut and 1991’s Cerulean with songs that soar with grace, blend cascading guitars and rich keyboards with lyrics that manage to evoke sentimentality, optimism and an appropriate romantic longing without being cloying or grating.
— The Huffington Post, Washington Post, Yahoo Music, Minneapolis Star Tribune
The band’s signature sound — jazzy, atmospheric pop — has aged nicely, as has frontman David Schelzel’s voice....The record is a nice return and the band’s signature, dreamy/melodic sound still plays well in 2013.
— Brooklyn Vegan
The Ocean Blue returns with a new album, Ultramarine (four and 1/2 stars out of five). It is a true return to form for fans of their two biggest albums while providing a perfect entry point for fans of heartbreakingly gorgeous, shimmering guitar pop…
— Pop Dose
It’s fresh but also sounds like beautiful, vintage Ocean Blue.
— USA Today