Soaked Oats‘ self-proclaimed ‘surf’ sound is not up for debate in this delightful collection of sweet, summery tasting songs. Bold colours and dancing beats cut nicely through the grizzly cold of the NZ winter, warming the bones with relevant words and pop/rock’n’roll rhythms.
Their Facebook bio introduces them as “…Oscar Mein on vocals and the Pearly White, Henry Francis on the Bubble Stick, Max Holmes on the Blue Whale and Conor Feehly wielding the Gorilla Sticks.”
Recorded in the deep south at Chicks Hotel, Port Chalmers by Tom Bell, Soaked Oats deliver consistency across the board with production, band art and overall theme reading like a carefully curated artwork.
Each song holds to the core theme referencing stone fruit in every title making it a fun listen seeing how the idea will be incorporated into the next track.
Avacado Aficionado uses avocado as a metaphor for the human body in the lyric “if you cut this skin you’ll see, a stone where a heart should be” its a sad sentiment cupeled with a lively beat that provides an indication of what you’ll find throughout the EP. With rock solid vision, effortless vocals and humorous songwriting, ‘Stone Fruit Melodies’ is sunshine in a bottle and goes down smooth.