Alex Pollock of The Ocular Audio Experiment has kept himself busy since the band’s multi-release year of 2012 (The Witch’s Whispering Tomes Parts 1, 2, and Ghoul). Alive is the band’s first single off the forthcoming LP, ‘Laughing Dreams,’ set to be self-released in late February 2016. Watch the video for the single via YouTube below.
In step with the band’s DIY approach, the album was produced, performed, recorded, mixed and mastered by Pollock, as described by him, “in three bedrooms and a closet.”
‘Laughing Dreams’ is a nine song love-letter experiment to conventional psychedelic rock, folk, doom and pop; drawing on, aspiring toward and blending influences such as The Brian Jonestown Massacre, The Velvet Underground, High On Fire, Black Angels, Spacemen 3, Mercury Rev, BRMC, Cave In, The Warlocks, Echo & The Bunnymen and a long roster of others. According to Pollock, “The influences that color the album are all groups and individuals who have, for whatever reason, inspired me to try and give the best of myself toward what I like about music, with and by my own means. I just wanted to pay tribute to that spirit and try to do something great without being anybody special or extraordinary.”