Brooklyn, NY


Brooklyn’s Elise Okusami, the mastermind behind the post-punk band Oceanator, makes music that is huge. Beautiful in its simplicity and brutal in its straightforward execution, there’s nothing but substance here—no fancy effects or psychedelic riffage, just Okusami’s powerful but subdued voice and sharpened songs, creating wavelike gasps of energy beneath her focused singing. The riffs sound like squalls, and the songs seem like storms, patiently building until a moment of pure release. She conveys the disillusion and pain of life in our disjointed and strange times—love, longing, feeling out of place even when everything seems perfectly fine from the outside.