New Ocean

Album Review of New Ocean by Jake Bellows.

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New Ocean

Jake Bellows

New Ocean by Jake Bellows

Release Date: Aug 6, 2013
Record label: Saddle Creek Records
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock

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New Ocean - Very Good, Based on 2 Critics

Paste Magazine - 81
Based on rating 8.1/10
81

Emerging from the same early ’00s post-punk, folk-forward underground that carried Tim Kasher and Conor Oberst from moderate to fairly massive critical successes, Neva Dinova’s Jake Bellows has always seemed slightly out of step. His opuses arrive needing to be wrung out for all their tear-heavy sentiments, and his open affinities for stark acoustic guitars and decidedly less edgy instrumentation made Neva Dinova merely a very good project in what Jenny Lewis famously described as Omaha’s “booming music scene. ” But in 2011, after 15 years and five full-lengths, Bellows fled his hometown of Omaha and landed in Los Angeles with a slew of demos.

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PopMatters - 60
Based on rating 6/10
60

The relationship between Omaha native Jake Bellows and music has been a love affair just as passionate and dysfunctional as any between real people. Fifteen years of fronting the legendary Omaha group Neva Dinova ended poorly, forcing Mr. Bellows to forsake music forever and make a clean start on the west coast. Old loves die hard however, and when a call out of the past came through, Mr.

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