'Trappist' is the second offering from the band. The album was written and recorded by Oceanic at Apex Productions in Dartmouth, NS over a two-year period beginning shortly after the release of 'Origin' in 2014. Unlike 'Origin', which was composed over a tumultuous lengthy period with ever changing setups and musicians, 'Trappist' is a focused effort that brings together a truer essence of the term 'trio'.
During the creation of Trappist, the three members branched off into a variety of other musical directions and endeavours. To diversify the album, the band decided to have four songs ('Arabic Spring', 'Holy Mountains', 'The Serac', & 'Path to Elborz') produced as a group and three songs ('Emissary', 'Sefid Rud', & 'Damavand') produced and written by the individual members.
With a complete rediscovery of band dynamic and the application of extended range instruments, Oceanic have strived to reach new depths of sonic space and emotion while keeping the grit and earthy prog rock they are known for.
"I would like to thank the people who have purchased and enjoyed our first album. The encouragement we have received from you folks has been incredibly motivating. I also want to thank my dear family, for without them I would not be where I am today. I want to thank Cameron and Glen for their friendship that has truly enriched my life, and I think this album is a reflection of how close we have become. I dedicate the song 'Emissary' as thanks to my friend Emma and her family for also being supportive of my family and me when my father passed away. RIP Clyde McPhee; I wish you were here."
"I would like to thank everyone that has come out to our shows, sent us kind words, and has listened to our material. This band is a small family too, so I would like to thank Mike & Glen for always being there as friends and musical partners. I also want to give thanks to some of my closest friends, Jeremy Lemoine and Greg O'Brien for always supporting any musical endeavour that I've pursued. Last but not least I would like to thank my family for supporting me with everything since day one. Love you all."
"I would like to thank Kim Murphy for the love, support, patience and tolerance. My family and friends. The Trappist Monks of Belgium. 500 Ventures Crew, Josh Hogan, Red Tentacle and Morbid Entertainment, Nick Sanford for the reverb and space occupancy. Everyone who didn't turn Origin off after the first minute."
released July 6, 2017
Bass, mandolin, & keys: Mike McPhee
Drums and percussion: Cameron Lawrence
Guitar: Glen O'Keefe
Production on Emissary: Mike McPhee
Production on Sefid Rud: Cameron Lawrence
Production on Damavand: Glen O'Keefe
All other songs produced by Oceanic
Mix Engineer: Cameron Lawrence
Mastering Engineer: Jamie King of The Basement Recording
Drawing influence from all the great Progressive Rock, Math Rock, and Experimental Metal artists, the direction of their work is with conversation of instruments as a voice to engage their listeners in a way where words often fall short.