Texan multi-talented trailblazer Gel Set releases “Where the Ocean Meets the Land,” a haunting ode to the swells of the sea out now via 2MR.
After a three-year break following her sophomore album Body Copy released back in 2017, Laura Callier aka Gel Set made her come back earlier this year with the approprietly titled “It Has Come to our Attention”.
Today, she’s back with the languid but reflective cut “Where the Ocean Meets the Land”. Taking her inspiration from the sea, she ruminates over deeper patterns of surrender and self-sabotage through a deeply sombre and mourning atmosphere.
Led by a solitary synth line, it calls to mind the gravitas that songs such as Roxy Music’s “In Every Dream Home A Heartache” posses. The track is allowed to flourish around this one haunting sound, drawing attention to Callier’s clear and hypnotic vocals.
“Where the Ocean Meets the Land” is an exploration of mood and tone, building up to an epic crescendo completed by a sliding guitar. The cumulative effect is a wave of sound, a permeating wall of noise as the track comes to a close.
Gel Set’s haunting song is accompanied by a Sam Congdon-directed video with additional drone footage and effects shot by Sherri Johnson.
On the video’s deeper meaning, Sam Congdon commented: “For this video, I wanted to play with the blurring boundaries between digital and physical life. Covid-19 has pushed us into a world of remote connectivity, video conferencing, and bad virtual green screen backgrounds. Meanwhile, everyone’s trying to make it to the beach. There’s never been a better time to stay at your house and pretend you’re somewhere else, so we shot this video entirely in my backyard, largely by drone, and with a crew of two plus Gel Set.”
This dichotomous nature of being connected virtually but disconnected physically is also fed by the battle fought between the narrator of “Where the Ocean Meets the Land” and the sea. She is writing her name in the sand, watching it get washed away by the ebb and flow of the sea. Becoming wearisome of this ritual, the narrator is washed away as well, acting as a metaphor for depression and cycles of self-defeatism.
Yet it’s not all doom and gloom; whilst the track may be forlorn, the green screen effects shown in the video inject the track with Gel Set’s signature tongue in cheek sensibilities.