Each of the artists behind L.A.-based alt-pop trio Ocean Park Standoff comes from a world all their own. A self-taught producer who built his own studio in the basement as a kid, Pete Nappi constructs deeply inventive productions equally inspired by art rock and underground hip-hop. A longtime DJ known for spinning at high-profile gigs around the globe, Samantha Ronson is also a songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who matches her lyrical smarts with a sonic ingenuity rooted in her fascination with obscure vintage instruments. And as a classically trained vocalist, Ethan Thompson has revealed his refined song craft in penning hits for major artists and performing at singer/songwriter hotspots around L.A.
On their debut, self-titled EP, Ocean Park Standoff bring those distinct sensibilities together to dream up a sound that’s both intricately composed and undeniably heart-driven.
With “Good News,” for instance, Ocean Park Standoff deliver a soulful, piano-laced pop number that embodies the band’s mission of making music that “celebrates the small victories in life,” as Ronson explains. “We wrote this song because we felt like the news wasn’t the news, it was just the bad news and we were frustrated with how the world seemed to be focused on the darkness - because fear sells. But we haven’t lost hope and we want to share that sentiment with as many people as we can.”
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