"The Golden Hour has set the bar very high for electro-pop in 2012. This is essential listening for anyone with ears and a heartbeat." - Voyage North (CBC Radio One)
"You don't have to dig very deep in his material to hear the wide range of 80's post-punk influences that play out vicariously through a more modern love for warm and dreamy synth-pop. Using a steady wall of lush instrumentals and hazy vocals, OCD's K. Preston Merkley makes a habit of breaking the pattern you might expect a solo performer to find sanctuary in." - BIRP.fm
This EP is the stuff of dreams, and dream dates. K. Preston Merkley (the sole Defender) has self-recorded and self-released a set of five magical electro-pop songs. The sound is clean and bright with delicately layered synths and fuzzy guitars... If you like M83, you should meet his soft-spoken best friend. You will fall in love." - The Walleye Arts & Culture Magazine
"I could write a whole paragraph about how the Ontario-based musician K. Preston Merkley (going by Ocean City Defender) creates warm shoegaze synthpop that makes you want to lay on a hill in the sun and stare into the clouds. Or how the fuzzy melodies just tend to make you feel good inside..." - Mistaken For Strangers
"The mellow waves flow like Simple Minds, New Order (but smoother), Yaz, etc." - Berkeley Place Blog
ABOUT THE GOLDEN HOUR EP:
The Golden Hour is Ocean City Defender’s debut EP. Recorded over the fall of 2011, The Golden Hour presents a tight focus on vocal melody and structure; the songs are built around warm synthesizers, hazy guitars, and supported by the steady pulse of drum machines.
Ocean City Defender is the performing name of Ontario-based multi-instrumentalist K. Preston Merkley. Far from the typical sounds of a solo-performer, Ocean City Defender creates lush synthpop songs both on stage and record.
Ocean City Defender’s influences range widely from the sounds of New Order and Tears for Fears, to M83 and Phoenix.
released 06 January 2012
Ocean City Defender is K. Preston Merkley
Recorded and mixed by Ocean City Defender at Space Command.
Mastered by Jon Törnblom at Transparent Mastering.
All songs written by Ocean City Defender © 2011
OCEANCITYDEFENDER AT GMAIL DOT COM