Transformation is not just a choice but often a necessity. Embracing this metamorphosis, the sibling duo formerly known as Strandels steps into a new era with their fresh identity, sixten. Their latest offering, Ocean In Me, is a poignant testament to this change, marking their first EP under the new moniker. Released on November 17, this country-tinged ballad is a deep dive into the complexities of love and the arduous journey of letting go.
Ocean In Me is a blend of melancholy and melody with a narrative of tangled emotions, akin to a foreign language that one struggles to decipher. The song’s hypnotic rhythm, coupled with an electric guitar riff and a steady drumbeat, creates a haunting and comforting soundscape.
The lyrics of Ocean In Me are a raw and honest portrayal of the internal conflict one faces in the throes of a complicated relationship. Lines like “Feeling like I’m on fire, I think I should go” and “Damn, you’re an ocean in me, Push me out, pull me in” capture the essence of a love that is both a sanctuary and a storm. The song speaks to the heart’s paradoxical desire for both freedom and connection, a theme that many will find relatable.
There’s an undeniable sincerity in the way the lyrics are conveyed – a blend of frustration and resignation that echoes through each note. It’s as if the song is not just sung but lived, each word a fragment of a story that the duo has personally journeyed through.
The sibling dynamic of sixten, with its blend of harmony and discord, has evidently been a crucible for creativity. Their arguments over song themes, musical direction, and even the band name have not been in vain. Instead, these conflicts have birthed a unique sound and artistic direction that sets sixten apart. Ocean In Me is a testament to this evolution, a song that not only marks a new beginning for the duo but also stands as a beacon of their artistic maturity.