RICEWINE, the solo project of Thai-Australian artist Talae Rodden, returns with a creamy alt-R&B cut filled with love. Taken off the 20-year old’s forthcoming LP, Lovesick, due April 24, “Ocean” slowly burns with a carefree reminder among the artist’s interchangeable sonic platform. What follows a slew of singles and two independent released LPs, the last several years saw the artist producing, performing and redirecting his sound.
As for “Ocean,” it is restitution for time well spent. The track tells a story around the thematic emotional pull of water, as well as its unpredictable motions. Fanning an R&B flame, RICEWINE opens with effervescent keys which dreamily dance towards indie-pop. Rodden’s vocals glide akin a peaceful state of mind, building towards a dynamic and simple introspection of going with the flow.
Vocal patterns contort to waves of samples and percussion whips with Rodden easily moving from an ethereal croon to an adoring rap. “And if what they say is true, that love is a river I’m an ocean for you / Like my name I will never fall through,” defining the artist’s first name (Talae) which means ocean in Thai. The soulfully charged keys are at a constant and maintains the blissful feeling of love, regardless of any turbulence during the journey of finding and being in love. And while lyrics and tone reflect these sentiments, the production reaches for another meaning. One of change, its inevitable nature, and coming to terms with what is unconditional love.
“Through the songwriting and production I aimed to reflect the freedom and beauty of the sea,” shares Rodden. “This is a love song about the ocean. The expression ‘Love as deep as the ocean’ is kind of cliché, but sometimes using a cliché is the best way to describe a feeling. I wanted to make a song that expressed the feeling of being deep in love.”
Cover photo: Liam Edwards