Sirens Of The Sea
This is after-the-party music. Not really a hook-up soundtrack, though some songs have a certain sensuality. More so, this is the perfect backdrop to dark skies creeping toward the blue of dawn and coming down in someone’s living room. Uplifting, beautifully vocalized, gentle, at times driven, and deeply intimate. OceanLab is the alternate moniker for the Above & Beyond production team paired exclusively with singer/songwriter Justine Suissa. Fans have been aggressively waiting for this one since the release of the group’s first single “Clear Blue Water” in 2002. The group has been trickling releases throughout the years, but only two of those singles appear on the Sirens album—10 of the album’s 13 tracks are fresh, original pieces that represent a new musical brand: album-oriented pop trance. Lacking the huge arpeggio crescendos of big room anthem-trance, or the disposable cheese of trance-NRG, the music and lyrics of Sirens have the same timeless quality as Sarah McLachlan, but use the hallmarks and ambience of trance to further the subject matter and create a watery sound that lets the listener melt away into its aquatic texture.