While Phil Elverum's last Mount Eerie video worked as a damp love letter to the Northwest, "Ocean Roar" takes a more abstract approach, as a woman's face floats over a stormy haze, calm treelines and mountain ranges. The track is one of the more (relatively) soothing songs from the album of the same name, and the video is often rendered in soft pastel, possibly as a reflection of that. Taken alone, "Ocean Roar" is a nice song. It's cautious and almost fragile. But in the context of the rest of the album it's a brief, welcome respite from a constant whirlwind of gorgeous darkness.
September 06, 2012