The Ocean by Smalltape Review

Jul 12, 2017

Today I am stepping out of my video game reviewing comfort zone, and doing a music review!

This review is about the album The Ocean by Smalltape. Smalltape is a musical project started by Phillipp Nespital, who previously release an album “CIRCLES” back in 2011. In 2013 he recorded a song “One Life” with the German Film Orchestra Babelsberg. After that experience he started to work on some new ideas which eventually blossomed into a concept album called “The Ocean” released on May 5th, 2017.

Smalltape primarily remained a solo project, but due to the demand of playing live, Phillipp needed help with different instruments and a loop station. Smalltape grew from a duo (Alexandra Praet on bass and keyboard) to a trio (Raphael Meinhart on drums) to a quartet (guitar player Flavio De Giusti). The latest addition to the lineup was Otis Sandsjo with his saxophone playing skills.

“The Ocean” is a concept album dealing with self identity. “The Ocean” is a metaphor for the waves of self discovery that come and go throughout one’s lifetime while they discover whom they really are.

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The really cool thing about this album is that all he songs are tied together, and something as simple as instrumentation can be considered a running thread through each song.

Each track has a completely different feel too it, while remaining connected to one another, which is an odd thing to say, but once you listen to the whole album, you’ll understand what I mean.

Instrumentation varies from track to track, for instance, Track 1 “When the Waves Divide” uses brooding strings while Track 5 reminds me almost of a Led Zeppelin song wich drums, electric guitar, and great vocals.

Lyrically the album is on point as well, some stand out lyrics are:

From The Shore:

“The sky still melts into the sea
The same way like it used to be
The wind was dancing with your hair
a breath of salt in the air”

From The Diver:

“I see the water rise, it comes and goes
it flows and turns from glass to arctic ice and then to snow”

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From Picture of a Dawn:

“And in this town, the darkest cave
brought light onto what midnight gave
no hero left, no fool or brave
but glowing sky – we are safe today.”

Do yourself a favor, and purchase this album so that Smalltape can continue to make great music. The album can be purchased from their website at: the album is also available for streaming on Spotify.



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