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Proper. Share Oceanator Remix of “Red, White & Blue”

The Great American Novel Out Now via Father/Daughter and Big Scary Monsters

Aug 11, 2022

Brooklyn-based punk trio Proper. have shared an Oceanator remix of the song “Red, White, & Blue” from their most recent album, The Great American Novel. More

12 Best Songs of the Week: Father John Misty, Wet Leg, Sun’s Signature, The Smile, and More

Plus Melody’s Echo Chamber, Florist, Horsegirl, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Apr 08, 2022

Welcome to the fourteenth Songs of the Week of 2022. It was a fantastic new release day, with fresh albums by Wet Leg, Father John Misty, Jack White, Oceanator, Daniel Rossen, Orville Peck, Lucius, and others. Some of those artists end up on this week’s Songs of the Week, which is a Top 12 this week. More

Oceanator – Stream the New Album and Read Our Review of It

Nothing’s Ever Fine Out Now via Polyvinyl

Apr 08, 2022

Oceanator, aka Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Elise Okusami, has released a new album, Nothing’s Ever Fine, today via Polyvinyl. Now that it’s out you can stream the whole thing here. Also, on Wednesday we posted our review of the album. More

Apr 07, 2022

Oceanator, aka Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Elise Okusami, is releasing a new album, Nothing’s Ever Fine, tomorrow via Polyvinyl. Now she has shared another song from it, “The Last Summer,” via a video for the song that features Okusami and her bandmates touring around Washington, D.C. More

15 Best Songs of the Week: Spiritualized, Horsegirl, Destroyer, Gruff Rhys, and More

Plus Belle and Sebastian, Sondre Lerche and CHAI, Father John Misty, Tess Parks, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Mar 11, 2022

Welcome to the tenth Songs of the Week of 2022. It was without a doubt the strongest week for new tracks so far this year. Some of our all time favorite artists put out new songs this week and there were several amazing songs that were seven or eight minutes long. There was much debate on what should make the main list and the best we could narrow it down to was a Top 15. More

Oceanator Shares New Song “Stuck” and Covers Elliott Smith’s “The Biggest Lie”

Nothing’s Ever Fine Due Out April 8 via Polyvinyl; Her Elliott Smith Cover is from our Covers of Covers Album

Mar 08, 2022

Oceanator, aka Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Elise Okusami, is releasing a new album, Nothing’s Ever Fine, on April 8 via Polyvinyl. Now she has shared another song from it, “Stuck,” via a lyric video. Oceanator is one of the artists on our Covers of Covers album, which came out last Friday via American Laundromat. She covers Elliott Smith’s “The Biggest Lie.” More

“Covers of Covers” – Under the Radar’s First Album Is Out Today – Stream or Buy It Now

Covers of Covers Out Now via American Laundromat; Some Proceeds Benefit Sweet Relief

Mar 04, 2022

Covers of Covers, our first album, came out today on CD and digitally via American Laundromat. You can stream it now. You can also buy it directly from American Laundromat, via Bandcamp, or on Amazon. Today we posted a track-by-track article on the album, in which all 20 artists discuss their contribution. More

13 Best Songs of the Week: Nilüfer Yanya, Destroyer, Oceanator, Kurt Vile, and More

Plus Sondre Lerche, Georgia Harmer, Widowspeak, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Feb 18, 2022

Welcome to the seventh Songs of the Week of 2022. We were very indecisive this week, there were too many songs we liked and had trouble narrowing it down to only 10. So this week we have an expanded Top 13. More

Oceanator Announces New Album, Shares Video for New Song “Bad Brain Daze” (Feat. Jeff Rosenstock)

Nothing’s Ever Fine Due Out April 8 via Polyvinyl; Album Co-Produced by Bartees Strange

Feb 16, 2022

Oceanator, aka Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Elise Okusami, has announced a new album, Nothing’s Ever Fine, and shared a new song from it, “Bad Brain Daze,” via a video that also features a cameo from Jeff Rosenstock (who plays saxophone on the song). Okusami co-produced the album with Bartees Strange and her brother and longtime bandmate Mike Okusami. More

Under the Radar Announces “Covers of Covers” Album, Shares Grandaddy and EMA Tracks

Covers of Covers Due Out March 4, 2022 via American Laundromat; Also Features Cassandra Jenkins, Alex Lahey, Peter Bjorn and John, Hatchie, Nation of Language, Cults, Kevin Drew, Black Belt Eagle Scout, Girl Ray, Piroshka, and More

Dec 21, 2021

Under the Radar is proud to announce Covers of Covers, which is the magazine’s first ever album. In honor of our 20th anniversary we approached some of our favorite musicians and asked them to cover any song by any artist who had been on the front or back cover of our print issue over the years. Covers of Covers is due out March 4, 2022 via American Laundromat, but today we are sharing two of its tracks: Grandaddy’s cover of Metric’s “Blindness” and EMA’s cover of Modest Mouse’s “Trailer Trash.” More

Under the Radar Announces The Protest Issue with Japanese Breakfast and HAIM on the Covers

Issue 68 Out Now and Also Includes Julien Baker, Wolf Alice, Tegan and Sara, Arlo Parks, Fleet Foxes, Jessie Ware, Shamir, Lucy Dacus, Valerie June, David Byrne, Julian Casablancas, and Much More

Apr 21, 2021

Under the Radar is excited to announce the full details of our new print issue, which is out now nationwide (on newsstands, in such stores as Barnes & Noble and Books-A-Million, and elsewhere) and available to buy directly from us here. The issue features Japanese Breakfast and HAIM on the two covers and is another edition of The Protest Issue, which examines the intersection of music and politics and features musicians photographed with protest signs of their own making. More

Oceanator Shares New Video for “I Would Find You”

Things I Never Said Due Out Physically February 26 via Polyvinyl

Feb 09, 2021

Oceanator, aka Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Elise Okusami, has shared a new video for “I Would Find You.” The song was one of the highlights of her debut album, Things I Never Said, which came out in August 2020 via her own Plastic Miracles label and is being reissued physically on February 26 by Polyvinyl. More

Oceanator Shares Video for “January 21” and Signs to Polyvinyl

Things I Never Said Will Be Reissued Physically on January 15 via Polyvinyl

Oct 21, 2020

Oceanator, aka Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Elise Okusami, released her debut album, Things I Never Said, in August via her own Plastic Miracles label. Now the esteemed label Polyvinyl have announced that they’ve signed her and are reissuing the album physically on January 15. In honor of this announcement, Oceanator has shared a video for the album’s “January 21.” More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Oceanator, Doves, Ela Minus, Clipping, and More

Plus Tim Heidecker, Tunng, Travis, The Flaming Lips, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Aug 28, 2020

Welcome to the 34th Songs of the Week of 2020. The Republican National Convention was this week, in which President Trump and his party attempted to convince the country that if Joe Biden and the Democrats take over it will be a lawless land with a defunded police and riots in every city (um…no, that won’t happen). In a nomination acceptance speech on the White House lawn (which was a breach of protocol), complete with fireworks and an opera singer, Trump tried to pull one over on America that he has handled the coronavirus well (um…no, that hasn’t happened). More

Premiere: Oceanator – Stream the Debut Album and Read Our Rave Review of It

Things I Never Said Due Out This Friday via Plastic Miracles

Aug 27, 2020

Oceanator, aka Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Elise Okusami, is releasing her debut album, Things I Never Said, tomorrow via her own Plastic Miracles label, but we are pleased to premiere a stream of the whole album one day early. Listen below. Today we also posted our rave review of Things I Never Said. More

Oceanator Shares Video for “Heartbeat”

Things I Never Said Due Out This Friday via Plastic Miracles

Aug 25, 2020

Oceanator, aka Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Elise Okusami, is releasing her debut album, Things I Never Said, this Friday via her own Plastic Miracles label. Now she has shared a video for her recent single, “Heartbeat.” It features multiple versions of Okusami at a bus stop and in a park, as well as a black & white version of her that performs in a notebook. More

11 Best Songs of the Week: Bartees Strange, Sufjan Stevens, Jónsi, Oceanator, and More

Plus Marie Davidson, The Flaming Lips, TRAAMS, Future Islands, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Aug 14, 2020

Welcome to the 32nd Songs of the Week of 2020. This week’s big political news was Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden announcing his highly capable running mate, Senator Kamala Harris. More

Oceanator Shares New Song “Heartbeat”

Things I Never Said Due Out August 28 via Plastic Miracles

Aug 13, 2020

Oceanator, aka Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Elise Okusami, is releasing her debut album, Things I Never Said, on August 28 via her own Plastic Miracles label. Now she has shared a new song from it, “Heartbeat,” which is about the anxiety that comes from having a crush on someone. More

9 Best Songs of the Week: JARV IS…, Cults, Lianne La Havas, Will Butler, and More

Plus Oceanator, The Go! Team, IDLES, Moses Sumney, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jul 17, 2020

Welcome to the 28th Songs of the Week of 2020. It’s another week where the pandemic continues to spread all around America, with the Trump administration doing little to stop it. As a consequence, parents across the land (including this one) are wrestling with whether or not to send their kids to school this fall. More

Premiere: Oceanator Shares New Track “I Would Find You”

Things I Never Said Due Out August 28 via Plastic Miracles

Jul 15, 2020

Oceanator, aka Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Elise Okusami, has shared a new track “I Would Find You” off of her forthcoming debut LP Things I Never Said, due out August 28 via her own label Plastic Miracles, and we are pleased to premiere it. More

10 Best Songs of the Week: Jessie Ware, Dinner Party, Lianne La Havas, Oceanator, and More

Plus Cults, Hoops, Flock of Dimes, Silverbacks, and a Wrap-up of the Week’s Other Notable New Tracks

Jun 26, 2020

Welcome to the 25th Songs of the Week of 2020. We’re almost halfway through this trying year! Yay? Thanks in part to ineffective leadership at the top, coronavirus cases have skyrocketed across the land. All we can say to that is: wear a mask!!! More

Oceanator Announces Debut Album, Shares New Song “A Crack in the World”

Things I Never Said Due Out August 28 via Plastic Miracles

Jun 25, 2020

Oceanator, aka Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter/guitarist Elise Okusami, has announced her debut album, Things I Never Said, and shared a new song from it, “A Crack in the World.” More



Interviews

Apr 18, 2022

Two years ago, indie rock singer/songwriter Oceanator (aka Elise Okusami) found herself predicting the end of the world. On her debut, Things I Never Said, her grunge ’90s alt rock inspirations became the site of cracks in the world and towering apocalypses, a perfect encapsulation of the prevailing feelings of the year 2020. Unfortunately, it is two years later and the world feels no less volatile and disaster often feels just as imminent. Perhaps, then, it shouldn’t come as a surprise how closely Okusami hews to these themes in her latest effort, Nothing’s Ever Fine. More

“Covers of Covers” – Inside Under the Radar’s First Album

Track-by-Track: Each Artist on Their Contribution to the Album

Mar 04, 2022

When hatching plans to celebrate Under the Radar’s 20th anniversary I knew I wanted to go beyond just producing a special 20th anniversary issue. Despite two decades of writing about albums, one thing we’d never done is actually put one out ourselves. Thus I came upon the idea for Covers of Covers. The concept was so perfect and simple that I’m surprised we hadn’t thought of it before. We approached some of our favorite musicians and asked them to cover any song by any artist who had been on the front or back cover of our print issue over the years, including artists that had appeared in group cover shots. More

Feb 24, 2021

Oceanator’s Elise Okusami can’t predict the future. More


Reviews

Apr 06, 2022

On Nothing’s Ever Fine’s infectiously upbeat lead single, “Bad Brain Daze,” Oceanator (aka Elise Okusami) provides an apt description of living with depression: “there’s a fog on the horizon/I can’t see but I feel it comin’ on/drops like a bomb.” More