I was really grabbed by the first chapter of The Outlaw Ocean. It immediately pulled me into the story, and I couldn’t put the book down. The story of chasing such a notorious vessel across oceans under such intense conditions over a long period of time is absolutely crazy. I sat for a long time trying to imagine what it would have been like to be on the Sea Shepherd’s ships and, likewise, what was going on inside The Thunder. It is a really amazing story! I tried to make my songs place the listener into different scenes of the book, attempting to create a mood or emotion that I imagine for those moments. I also want the songs to hold up on their own as a soundscape or ambient release if someone were to hear it without knowledge about the project. I also hope listeners familiar with the project will connect each of the songs with direct moments from the book.
Charlie Dreaming is the ambient moniker of Cory Giordano, founder of Inner Ocean Records and Drift Label. When he’s not curating instrumental releases, he’s crafting an atmospheric sound that’s equal parts minimal and soothing — relaxing guitars and hypnotic synths perfect for reflection and tranquility. Having released multiple EPs and split singles since first launching in early 2018, Charlie Dreaming’s growing discography sounds like a dip in the sea, a kiss with the clouds, a vibrant meditation where anything can happen.
While Charlie Dreaming is the latest musical incarnation, Giordano has devoted over 15 years to ambient and chill music. Starting in the early 2000s as a DJ, he facilitated inviting and chill spaces at electronic music events throughout North America, such as Shambhala Music Festival, Motion Notion and Burning Man. From 2007 to 2010, Giordano and fellow producer Fore Lore produced under the ambient, IDM moniker, Talik. Alongside the late Chris Tenz, Giordano was also part of the live ambient duo, Language of Landscape.
Inner Ocean Records, born shortly after in 2012, is a vehicle for artists to have their music heard and seen. The label is building a community of passionate people surrounding a great sound and consistent feeling: laid back, honest and forever chill.