Ocelot remind us of the power of suggestion with new single “Sun silmillä”

“Sun silmillä” arrives on the 14th June 2024 via Soliti Recordings

Like the most invested dreams, perhaps our innate quest for liberation often reduces our desires to the most basic acquiescent needs. This may just be something that Ocelot want to impart as they return to the fray with their new single “Sun silmillä”

“Sun silmillä” is a track that expands on Ocelot’s original progressiveness but finds new textures with different repetitions and angles while retaining the band’s recognisable quirk. “”Sun silmillä” has a hypnotic loop to which you can both dance and become paralysed by. It describes a gently drawn circle and a suffocating circle from which there is no escape. At the same time, it contains the liberating force with which the spiral opens and finally disappears. The video for the song was filmed in Portugal.”

Watch “Sun silmillä”

Video concept and execution:
Noa P. Mendes and Emilia Pennanen

Listen to “Sun silmillä”

Emilia Pennanen: Vocals, keyboard, lyrics
Rasmus Pietilä: Bass, percussion
Victor von Hellens: Drums
Producer: Rasmus Pietilä
Mixing: Viljami Mehto
Mastering: Jarkko Viinamäki
Cover art:
Noa P. Mendes and Emilia Pennanen
Ocelot logo design: Rikhard Hormia

Initial reaction

“I love the way it works with this incredible beat underneath; the guitar slides up and down, just as the drums snap, all of it working under this intoxicating groove.” Austin Town Hall

“This band has an extraordinary design.” Niche Music

“The vocals are simply chill, and the hooks grab you from the first seconds. The gloomy synth atmosphere adds a cinematic flair and style to the track. This is the music you can dream to and just relax.” Soundville

“As with most inverted dreams, perhaps our innate quest for liberation often reduces our desires to the most basic and acquiescent needs.” Soulwavez

“…the song’s mesmerising vibe transcends language barriers, instantly drawing listeners in. The dreamy production is enchanting, and the lead singer’s raspy vocals are a delight.” DNü

Soundi premiered “Sun silmillä”

Ocelot promo by Linda Lehtovirta

Ocelot are an alternative pop-rock band from Helsinki, Finland. The band draws inspiration from classic 60’s and 70’s pop rock and mixes it with the member’s own personal musical sensibilities. In the spring of 2019 Ocelot released their first EP called Mä voin ottaa sun ikävän pois (Soliti). Their second EP Unelmoi (Soliti) was released in February 2021. Their debut album Auringon puutarha (Soliti) arrived in November 2022.

Selected thoughts about Ocelot

“…think Pink Military Stand Alone crossed with early Teardrop Explodes organ driven pop!” Monolith Cocktail

“Ocelot still makes perhaps the most original music in Finland!” Rumba

“It’s wonderful to be able to express the atmosphere of a different world, or even a sense of the other world, with this number of sounds, and the singing voice at the centre of it.Niche Music

“I often find it hard to pigeonhole Finnish music. It is so different – and consistently so, no matter what the genre – from what emanates from any of the other Nordic countries, or anywhere in Europe for that matter, that you have to ask yourself whether they are collectively working at a different artistic level to the rest.” Nordic Music Central