Review: The Frozen Ocean – In Exile

Come & Live

Released November 30 2010

Reviewed By Tyler Hess

The latest artist to become part of the Come & Live community that gives away all of their music for free is the Dave Swanson led The Frozen Ocean, coming out with their second album in the form of this seven song EP, “In Exile”.  Swanson, who had his part in the bands Life In Your Way and Play Radio Play set out to make his own singer/songwriter music with a touch of gentle, but dark and brooding indie rock to get his own artistic flavor out there.  Although he makes his home in Connecticut and plays mostly in New England, the music is out there for free for the whole world to receive.  After an opening instrumental track, In Exile plays rather quickly with Swanson’s rather understated vocals and intricate, reflective and unique lyrics that look deeper into things than one usually expresses beyond their own mind.  The instrumentation matches the self-reflection with thoughtful keys and guitars rarely stepping out on their own, at least until the hokey end of the album in “Promised Land”.  When it comes down to it, there isn’t much about The Frozen Ocean to distinguish “In Exile” from the crowd other than the price, but if you want to get into something deep then put on your boots and jump in.

Grade: C-


  1. Caught In The Air
  2. Empty Seed
  3. Phantoms
  4. Drawing Circles In The Sand
  5. In The Garden
  6. In Flight
  7. Promised Land

3 responses to “Review: The Frozen Ocean – In Exile

  1. uhh November 30, 2010 at 8:54 am

    You probably shouldn’t be writing reviews about artists or albums you know nothing about.

  2. Brian November 30, 2010 at 12:01 pm

    I wanted to let you know that they have been on Come&Live! since last year. I am not bashing your review or anything I thought you should know.

  3. Tyler Hess December 2, 2010 at 2:06 am

    you’re right, I didn’t notice that he had an ep out already via C&L, I thought it was the first release through them, that is all I meant, my mistake.

    someone should be able to make a review based solely on the music at hand if necessary

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