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".