Gloria de Oliveira & Dean Hurley

Oceans of Time (Sacred Bones)

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Gloria de Oliveira and Dean Hurley share the video for “Eyes Within” from their new album, Oceans of Time (out now on Sacred Bones). The video – a “one woman operation” shot, directed, and edited by Oliveria – is a gorgeous accompaniment to her and Hurley’s evocative soundscape, featuring digital and Super 8 footage from an island in Brazil. It “reflects the introspective nature of the song, drawing inspiration from the diary-like approach to cinema of Agnés Varda, and her wandering female protagonists such as herself in her essayistic documentaries (‘The Beaches of Agnés’), or Sandrine Bonnaire in ‘Vagabond’ and Corinna Marchand in ‘Cléo from 5 to 7.’,” Oliveira says. “I also drew inspiration from the romanticism of Zeffirelli‘s 1960s version of Romeo & Juliet and the accompanying soundtrack by Nino Rota, the latter of which was also a reference point to Dean and me while we were working on the album.”


With its impressionistic synths, shimmering guitars, and ethereal sonics, Oceans of Time at moments recalls the foundational dream pop of 4AD acts and early 90’s New Age pop. Frequent David Lynch collaborator Dean Hurley sets the tonal and sonic backdrop of each track on the album, lending a layered ether that envelops, frames and spotlights de Oliveira’s vocals. The album feels especially attuned to the connections between the physical and transcendental realms, and like the best dream pop, has a way of making the veil between two worlds feel just a little bit thinner. Oceans of Time is a key that has the power to release its listener from the handcuffs of reality, however briefly.


Growing out of a musical pen-pal style correspondence that took place over the course of a year, separated by the Atlantic Ocean, de Oliveira and Hurley passed thoughts and music back and forth that would eventually form their collaborative album Oceans of Time, all without ever meeting or speaking. The result is a sonic tapestry of that exchange: woven from conceptual threads of the celestial within, mortality and the realm beyond the stars. The duo’s partnership is an effortless merge, with the steady presence of de Oliveira’s vocals endowing the record with its sense of potency.


Throughout Oceans of Time, there is an innate understanding of how a lyric across a chordal color can sharpen an emotional truth. Much like a sunbeam that pierces a spiderweb to reveal its intricacy, de Oliveira’s lyrics and melody are purposely aimed in order to illuminate the truths deep within one’s self…a process that ties us all to the universal. The Danish philosopher Søren Kierkegaard, a professed influence, wrote about concepts of truth and faith in a way that illuminate the hidden depths of the soul amidst an individual’s earthly trials of experience. Much of this feeds into the album and threads its quilt of themes.