I’ve always associated the ocean with the fond memories of my childhood. Living a majority of my life on the West Coast, I grew up sailing and spending weeks on end on a boat. It’s always been such a positive thing for me, which is why I was intrigued and excited to learn of the more menacing side of the ocean that Ian unveils in The Outlaw Ocean.
Honestly, I think to tell a story like The Outlaw Ocean, you need the soundtrack of powerful and impactful music to help tell it. As I sifted through the field footage and audio, I was shocked to see that the reality of the seas was both horrifying and beautiful at the same time. I knew I had to capture this duality in my music. More than that, it is thrilling to be one small refrain in the sea of voices that make up the story of The Outlaw Ocean.
There are so many different characters and stories associated with The Outlaw Ocean — those featured in the book and the ones in the music project — and I think it’s important that each individual had the opportunity to share their own version of The Outlaw Ocean. It’s fulfilling to know that my music will also help facilitate more people’s tales getting told.
Arbour is a productive and consistent talent in the beat-making community. With three albums released in the last three years, along with numerous EPs, loose singles and collaborations, the Bellingham musicians steadily crafts downtempo daydreams that are relaxed yet uplifting and sorrowful yet hopeful. His tracks are like internalizing the darkness of night while knowing the sun will rise soon. His 2018 full-length album “Sights & Sounds,” distributed through Inner Ocean Records, is an instrumental sailboat abiding by the tide. Simply put, to listen to Arbour is to be at ease, to hear the waves crashing in the distance and to know that the coast is not too far away.