The Ocean and the Sun

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The Ocean and the Sun
Studio album by The Sound of Animals Fighting
Released September 9, 2008
Genre Experimental rock, progressive rock, art rock, ambient
Length 51:46
Label Epitaph
Producer Matthew Embree
The Sound of Animals Fighting chronology
Lover, the Lord Has Left Us...
The Ocean and the Sun
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk 85%[1]
Cosmos Gaming Favorable[2]
Sputnikmusic 4.0/5[3]

The Ocean and the Sun is the third album by experimental rock band, The Sound of Animals Fighting. The album features only the four core members that had appeared on both the first and second albums: the Nightingale, the Walrus, the Lynx and The Skunk.

The first song, "Intro", is the Persian translation of the English poem "In The Desert" by Stephen Crane. The original (English) version of this poem is printed on the inside jacket of the album. It is also read in English on the eleventh track. The title of the final track, On the Occasion of Wet Snow, is the title of the second section of Fyodor Dostoevsky's Notes from Underground. The title of the seventh track, The Heraldic Beak of the Manufacturer's Medallion, is taken from J. G. Ballard's Crash.

Vocal credits include Embree making his first vocal appearance on "Blessings Be Yours Mister V" and Green returning for the title track, "Another Leather Lung" and "The Heraldic Beak of the Manufacturer's Medallion", and Balling returning on "I, the Swan", "Cellophane", and "On the Occasion of Wet Snow"; The Wolf aka Matthew Kelly, rounds out the credits with an appearance on "On the Occasion of Wet Snow". Other vocalists include Jessica McWhirter on "On the Occasion of Wet Snow", and Lauren Coleman on "Uzbekistan" and spoken word on the title track. Charlene Rogers (also on spoken word duty on Lover) appears on spoken word duty on "Ahab".

The album peaked at 141 on the Billboard 200 and number 2 on the Top Heatseekers chart.[4]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Intro" - 0:31
  2. "The Ocean and the Sun" - 5:38
  3. "I, the Swan" - 4:13
  4. "Another Leather Lung" - 5:14
  5. "Lude" - 1:59
  6. "Cellophane" - 4:58
  7. "The Heraldic Beak of the Manufacturer's Medallion" - 5:39
  8. "Chinese New Year" - 1:06
  9. "Uzbekistan" - 7:27
  10. "Blessings Be Yours Mister V" - 6:37
  11. "Ahab" - 1:00
  12. "On the Occasion of Wet Snow" - 7:18



  1. ^ Beringer, Drew (September 20, 2008). "Sound of Animals Fighting, The - The Ocean and the Sun - Album Review". AbsolutePunk. Retrieved January 27, 2012. 
  2. ^ Dahlberg, Chris (August 29, 2008). "Music: The Sound of Animals Fighting: The Ocean and The Sun > Our Take". Cosmos Gaming. Retrieved January 27, 2012. 
  3. ^ Flatley, Ryan (September 8, 2008). "The Sound of Animals Fighting - The Ocean and the Sun (album review)". Retrieved January 27, 2012. 
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