Saint Mars Gets Emotional With Latest “Ocean Blues” EP
In my opinion, music is an incredibly powerful medium because of its ability to make you feel something real. Whether it be a track that makes you get up and dance or a ballad that pulls at your heart strings, music is capable of making us feel such a wide array of emotions, reminding us of our humanity. In their latest 4-track EP, Ocean Blues, Bristol-based alternative rock quartet Saint Mars have tapped into the deeply emotive powers of music. Fronted by the enigmatic singer Marc Darcange and featuring talented musicians such as Angelo Bruschini (guitars – Massive Attack ; Blue Aeroplanes), Nataniel Shelley (bass, keyboards, vocals – Transposer) and John Langley (drums, programming – Blue Aeroplanes), Saint Mars is one of the flagships of the new alternative rock scene.
The world of Saint Mars oscillates between the harmonies of the Beach Boys, the spirit of French Baroque music and the tension of Joy Division. Expertly crafted instrumentation is paired wonderfully with lead singer Marc Darcange’s haunting vocals. All four songs on Ocean Blues infuse the listener with a great deal of emotion and contemplation. The lead title track addresses the sensitive topic of bullying and vulnerability of childhood, personified by a young boy harassed by dark shadows. The accompanying music video is considerably gripping as it pulls you into the plight of forgotten youth. With dream pop nuances interspersed throughout the somewhat somber theme of their music, Saint Mars create a bewildering combination of hopefulness and melancholy.
The band developed from the collaboration between Marc Darcange and Angelo Bruschini, who met for the first time backstage at a Massive Attack concert in Montreux , in 2014. The EP also includes the epic “Boys Never Cry,” the band’s first attempt to capture the essence of baroque music and ancient polyphonic melodies in the territory of modern alternative music.
The EP is a prelude to the band’s first LP, Celesteville, a concept album about a young boy’s experience of bullying, to be released later this year. First concerts, shows and new videos will also follow in the second half of 2017. Check out Ocean Blues in its entirety below and connect with Saint Mars on Facebook and SoundCloud.