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The Ocean Blue‘s debut record on the famed Sire Records label in 1989 achieved widespread acclaim and radio & MTV airplay. The band of four high schoolers from Hershey, Pennsylvania went on to do two more well-received records for Sire, the atmospheric Cerulean and alt pop Beneath the Rhythm and Sound, and a fourth record for Mercury/PolyGram, See The Ocean Blue, before leaving the majors in the late 90s. The band did several independent releases in the 2000s, including Davy Jones Locker and Waterworks, and in 2013 released their first full length record in over 10 years, Ultramarine, on Korda Records, a new Minneapolis cooperative label that the band helped launch in late 2012.

In 2015, the band’s first 3 albums for Sire will be reissued on vinyl, and the band will be performing their first 2 records in concert, in their entirety, as part of a  limited number of special shows to mark the occasion.

A new full length record is in the works and slated for release in 2016.


“Ultramarine isn’t just a return to form; it’s one of The Ocean Blue’s best albums.”

— All Music Guide


“The 12 songs on Ultramarine recall the sincere clarity of the band’s self-titled 1989 debut and 1991’s Cerulean with songs that soar with grace, blend cascading guitars and rich keyboards with lyrics that manage to evoke sentimentality, optimism and an appropriate romantic longing without being cloying or grating.”

— The Huffington Post, Washington Post, Yahoo Music, Minneapolis Star Tribune


“The band’s signature sound — jazzy, atmospheric pop — has aged nicely, as has frontman David Schelzel’s voice….The record is a nice return and the band’s signature, dreamy/melodic sound still plays well in 2013.”

— Brooklyn Vegan


“The Ocean Blue returns with a new album, Ultramarine (four and 1/2 stars out of five). It is a true return to form for fans of their two biggest albums while providing a perfect entry point for fans of heartbreakingly gorgeous, shimmering guitar pop…”

— Pop Dose


“It’s fresh but also sounds like beautiful, vintage Ocean Blue.”

— USA Today


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21 Responses

  1. Bill
    Bill at ·

    I have every release you guys have done, have been looking forward to this news !!!!

  2. Scott
    Scott at ·

    Love it. Also love SXSW… see you there!

  3. sherwin
    sherwin at ·


    I’ve just discovered the label on Facebook minutes ago.
    Can’t wait for the new TOB album!

    Hope it comes out on vinyl :-)
    Also praying for vinyl reissues of the past recordings.


  4. Rosy T.
    Rosy T. at ·

    I am really looking forward to your concert ! Cheers! *And thanks for coming to the Windy City!

    Rosy T.

  5. Trace in Austin
    Trace in Austin at ·

    Welcome back! Can’t wait for the new album from The Ocean Blue! Please come back to Austin. You guys killed it back in ’05!

  6. Victor from PA
    Victor from PA at ·

    Welcome back TOB!! Fantastic news. Seen every Chameleon and Philly show sine the first release. keep up with the social media stuff and stay connected!!

  7. Darcy
    Darcy at ·

    Soooo looking forward to the new album! You’ve been my desert island band since 1989, and the soundtrack to my life. Thank you for continuing to create. Please come to SoCal.

  8. Darren Martin
    Darren Martin at ·


    Looking forward to seeing you at Schubas in Jan. Flying in from Charlotte, bringing my new wife & introducing her to to TOB.

    No, I’m not a creepy stalker. Just a longtime fan who is glad you have a new album. Oh, and an airline pilot with flight benefits. :)

    Cya Jan. 13th,

    Darren & Julia

  9. Yvette
    Yvette at ·

    So excited about the new album…hope you can make a tour stop in San Francisco! Please!!!

  10. Michael
    Michael at ·

    Looking forward to seeing you at Schuba’s again and getting the new album. Spreading the word, love your work!!

  11. Christian Landaeta
    Christian Landaeta at ·

    Looking forward to hearing the new album, as always, in Chile.

  12. Jose
    Jose at ·

    I am from Mexico city and I used to heard this band with my friends we really enjoy it, I have to many regards from this band, the first time a see Ocean Blue was in Schubas three years ago o so, I will be glad to be there one more time.

  13. James in Pensacola
    James in Pensacola at ·

    I haven’t been this excited about a new release in years! Have loved TOB since the beginning and they remain one of my favorite bands to this day. Unfortunately, I’ve never had the privilege of seeing the band live. Please consider coming to Pensacola, FL, New Orleans or Atlanta this tour (just somewhere close!). So glad to hear about the new record!

  14. Dan
    Dan at ·

    Great news on the new album…LOVE TOB!

  15. Simon In Califas
    Simon In Califas at ·

    Supa excited about the new album that I’ve been waiting for.

    Will you guys be coming to California?

    You guys are on my bucket list of things to do and see!


  16. Kent
    Kent at ·

    I am very excited about the up coming album. I have been following The Ocean Blue since their first single and continue to listen today. Good work!!!!!

  17. Jarrod Long
    Jarrod Long at ·

    Good Luck on returning tho the road in 2013!

  18. johnny
    johnny at ·

    AAAAAHHHH!!! New Album!!?? I’ve been waiting so long!!! And then I just found out they came to Chicago 2 days ago!! I’m so bummed.

  19. Chris
    Chris at ·

    Welcome back guys! Live here in Mpls, bummed I missed the

    recent entry show… Any more 2013 dates for Minnesota?

    Do it! :)

  20. Richard in TX
    Richard in TX at ·

    Excellent news and nice preview of your new material (and the other KORDA bands) on the sampler. Looking forward to you guys getting anywhere close here in TX so I can be there.

    Last saw you on the Beneath the Rhythm and Sound tour back in ’93 here in Houston. One of the purest sets of live music I have ever experienced!

  21. Eric Flake
    Eric Flake at ·

    Just listened to the new release,Sad Night… Wonderful stuff. Traveled to Chicago to see them recently. It was an excellent show…seriously thinking of taking a road trip to Philly and/or Lancaster late May/early June. We’re so very happy you have decided to continue creating such lovely, lush works. Thanks !

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