EXCLUSIVE SETS: The Ocean performing Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic / Cenozoic

As part of Roadburn Redux, we have joined forces with Germany’s Pelagic Records to showcase artists on the label’s roster under the banner ‘Pelagic Presents.’ With no indication of slowing down, this positively prolific label is churning out stellar release after stellar release, even during the last twelve challenging months. Join us as we team up to bring you an exciting collection of premiers, exclusive performances and more. Brace yourselves, we’re going deep…

For 21 years now, The Ocean have led their listeners entranced through a progressive maelstrom of sounds and monumental, thought-provoking concepts. Their two most recent albums, the epic double-whammy of 2018’s Phanerozoic I: Palaeozoic and 2020’s Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic / Cenozoic, delved into the Phanerozoic Eon – examining the idea of Eternal Recurrence within the context of the history and evolution of life on Earth over the past 500 million years.

Given that The Ocean are led by Robin Staps, who is also the founder of Pelagic Records, their performance at Roadburn Redux this year feels particularly significant. Fresh from a livestream in March where they performed Phanerozoic I in full, at Roadburn Redux The Ocean will be playing the sprawling follow-up Phanerozoic II: Mesozoic / Cenozoic in its entirety – presenting many of the songs from this album live for the very first time. Playing this sprawling release from the atmospheric setting of an old mill in North Germany, The Ocean’s Roadburn Redux set promises to be a special experience.

Robin Staps says: “This will be the first time ever that we will be playing these tracks together for a crowd, and after releasing the album in the middle of the pandemic without being able to do all the things we would normally do, it feels like a big relief to do so. We couldn’t be more happy to watch this air on Roadburn screens as part of ‘Pelagic Presents’. This performance will be a rather intimate set-up compared to the Phanerozoic I livestream we did on March 25. No big production or stage: just the 6 of us in a nice room in the countryside.”

The Ocean will perform as part of Pelagic Presents at Roadburn Redux, taking place between April 16-18.

Becky Laverty

Date: April 16

Time: 22.30 CEST

Type: Exclusive Sets