I could write a whole paragraph about how the Ontario-based musician K. Preston Merkley (going by Ocean City Defender) creates warm shoegaze synthpop that makes you want to lay on a hill in the sun and stare into the clouds. Or how the fuzzy melodies just tend to make you feel good inside. I could draw comparisons to some of M83’s latest songs off Hurry Up, We’re Dreaming and how they both share that same hazy yet upbeat sound. But instead, I’ll just say this: listen to “The Golden Hour” off The Golden Hour EP. It’s just pretty terrific all around.
You can stream or download the whole EP on his Bandcamp, and of course keep up with updates on his Facebook, Twitter, and official website. As of now, he’s only touring in Ontario, but let’s hope that changes soon.