Purposes And Promises, the debut album of Oulu-based Velvet Ocean offers atmospheric and emotionally charged songs. The line-up: Riitu Ronkainen • Vocals, Jarkko Jake Ronkainen • Guitar, Vocals, Jani Lehtinen • Guitar, Tuomas Vesa • Bass, Jami Alaverronen • Synths, Arto Alikoski • Cello and Bastian Schallschmidt • Drums.
Velvet Ocean believe that music is a connection between their own feelings and the outside world, and that is why their compositions tell stories about things that have happened in their personal lives. The music style of Velvet Ocean is basically derived from all the music the couple has ever listened to, and also incorporates influences from genres other than Metal music. The track Elysian Field,
Velvet Ocean stands out with a very good production and the music are both accessible and with much charm and aggression and also with softness to make the music dynamic. Riitu Ronkainen have a good and emotional voice and the bass is very good and varied and all band members contribute with their instruments. The songs are romantic and straightforward but the addition of enthusiasm, joy of performing and freshness make the music catchy and well worth listening to. The track It`s So Hard,
Purposes And Promises was handed over to Johan Örnborg and Jens Bogren for mixing and mastering at the well-known Fascination Street Studios. The title of the album describes the motivation of the Ronkainens behind the album project. It has been the sole purpose of their lives for the last few years, says Jake Ronkainen, and the promise they made to complete it has held the project together throughout the hard work period.