PRESS QUOTES

Regarding Maudlin Days:

"With a well-worn croon reminiscent of masters Tom Petty and Neil Young, and a gentle balance of musical elements that will have you hitting repeat, Simone proves that sincerity pays, and as long as music is Ocean Carolina’s therapy, we’ll be listening." - Elmore Magazine

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"At the core of Ocean Carolina's new record, Maudlin Days, singer-songwriter Michael Simone beautifully bares his heart and soul on top of captivating grooves rooted in Americana." - Chuck Armstrong, Diffuser.fm

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"Ocean Carolina presents a level of authenticity in this music; the album is clearly a passionate bout that makes each song shine individually, and as a collective, breaks the mold from being just another good Americana album." - Joseph Cirilo, Axs

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"Ocean Carolina's new album, Maudlin Days, is a serious contender for best album of 2015.  No hype, just a fact.  This band deserves your attention." - Jayson Tanner, Program Director WreckingBallRadio.net

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"The album Maudlin Days by the band Ocean Carolina from Brooklyn, New York is in our opinion one of the best records that has appeared on the market in 2015.  Michael Simone and Ocean Carolina have recorded a future instant classic, a record that even in five years; we will put in our cd player for 45 minutes of pure pleasure. That is how long we have enjoyed it this time, and with a simple push on the replay-button, we can experience it all again." Valère Sampermans, Rootstime.be

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"Track for track and note for note, it's easy to see Maudlin Days being regarded as the benchmark for brilliant country-infused Americana." - Tom Bedward, Anthem Review

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"Gentle rolling rhythms with a countryish aftertaste are the order of the day. In delivery one is reminded of a relaxed Neil Young or at times a checked shirted Ryan Adams." - Paul Villers, Americana-UK.com

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“The music can be situated between the The Pernice Brothers and vintage Ryan Adams... on this album are 12 tracks and they are all of high quality.” – Hugo Vogel, Alt Country NL

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"Not a single bad song… solid all-around." – Josh Schott, Country Perspective

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"Our guess is that the band Ocean Carolina is going to be very successful in a very short period of time." - LMNOP aka dONW7, BabySue.com (affiliated websites: LMNOP.com & dONW7.com)

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"Maudlin Days is modern in an old-fashioned kind of way." – Liv Carter, Little Rebellion Music

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"The songs will bring you up from the maudlin days that the album seems to perfectly describe." – WRUV 90.1 FM, Burlington, Vermont

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"[Maudlin Days is] incredibly pleasing, mixed particularly well, and I could listen to this record four times in a row and go back for a fifth without pause... The blending of catchy hooks and great songwriting is a rare gift and these tunes play that game and balance extremely well." - Brian Carroll, Red Line Roots

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"Drawing from a nearly limitless collection of inspirations, Simone creates swathes of beautifully formed acoustic rock that wouldn't feel out of place on an album from Ryan Adams or even The Band." - Joshua Pickard, Nooga.com

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"It’s very rare in music you come across a simple record that is produced so cleanly.  Production-light instrumentals and sensitive song lyrics leaves you attached to each track.  Michael Simone has masterminded a wonderful 12 tracks of sentimentality." – Aaron Spencer, The Indiependent

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"Simone’s soothing voice, accompanied by guitars that strike the balance between scruffy and sweet, creates an airy and wistful sound that is ripe for day-dreaming." – Mayer Danzig, Twangville

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"Perfect for a lazy listen, the combination of Simone's rustic voice and smooth instrumentals is all you need for a summer afternoon." - Jessica Thomas, Renowned For Sound

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"The first thing that springs to mind when you hit play on Maudlin Days is simple….it sounds absolutely glorious. In fact it sounds so good that you’ll be amazed to find that the record was completed in a brief eleven days." - David Vousden, RedGuitarMusic.com

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"The songs on Maudlin Days curl up in a laid back mid-tempo jovial, which invites you to dream... Maudlin Days by Ocean Carolina is an excellent Americana record that oscillates between Ryan Adams, Israel Nash and Neil Young." - Gerard Otremba, Sounds & Books

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"The new album has got a 70's rock feel about it - The Byrds and Tom Petty come to mind - but it clearly sits in the now." - Rob Dickens

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"The Brooklyn-based Ocean Carolina sets its rhythms as rolling waves that ebb and flow under the committed path of the vocals." - The Alternate Root

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"A combination of delicate acoustic and intense electric guitar led sounds paint an ‘Americana’ styled picture." – Bex Suchecki, GIGsoup

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"This is an instant pop/Americana classic… A perfect summer album; a terrific gathering of songs that fit one another hand in glove.  There is nothing maudlin about this aural delight from Ocean Carolina." - Rob Ross, PopDose.com

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"The vocals are warm and the playing is perfect… very recommended. Score: 9/10" - Theo Geenen, Rootsrevival

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“Top 25 album of 2015.  Not a single bad song… it’s solid all around." – Rob Hurley, Rob’s Raw Music

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"Ocean Carolina frontman Michael Simone has created a shimmering, lazy summer day album full of sunlight and open skies." - Calvin Powers, Americana Music Show

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"Ocean Carolina serve up sublime new album in Maudlin Days." - Jeffrey Sisk, Pittsburgh In Tune

 

Regarding All The Way Home:

"All The Way Home, brings to mind Harvest/Harvest Moon-era Neil Young, “Tequila Sunrise” by The Eagles, and the mid-tempo elegance of a Chris Isaak record. Simone’s vocals are warm, the harmonies touching and sweet, the pedal steel guitar playing is impeccable and the songs well crafted." - Bruce Warren, The Key, WXPN, 88.5

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"All the Way Home is alt-country in the vein of Neil Young’s best work, reminiscent of my favorite Jayhawks records, but some more pure, outlaw country that reminds me of Waylon Jennings… a record that feels at home between last year’s best releases, including my favorite record of the year, Jason Isbell’s Southeastern." – Katie Darby Mullins, katiedarbyrecommends.com

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"For fans of ‘classic’ alt-country, Whiskeytown and Heartbreaker era Ryan Adams take a listen and break your own heart tonight." - Simon, Beat-Surrender

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"With a sound that effortlessly sways from early-70’s Laurel Canyon to late-70’s Outlaw country to mid-90’s Red House Painters, they fit in perfectly with the all-time greats of alt-country… It’s great to know that somebody out there is still making records like this." – Matt Thompson

 

Regarding the Half in the Shadows EP:

“Simone sings with heart-felt vocals and an intensity that makes you hang on every word reminiscent of Ryan Adams or Jason Isbell.” - Kami Knake, Bands Under The Radar