From their avid obsession with oatmeal to their musical style, singer/songwriter, producer, and keyboardist Oceaan Pendharkar (FKA Paloma) has always stood out from the crowd.
In 2019, they released the single “Stay Here,” marking their departure as Oatmeal Queen, a solo artist unconfined by genre based on stolen lands of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), and Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) nations. The new record, Martian, welcomes listeners into the mind of someone struggling to find their place in a community of humans.
Teeming with celestial synths and heartfelt proclamations, Martian is led by Pendharkar’s eclectic, layered vocals and reflective lyrics. At times reminiscent of Lucy Dacus and at others of Mitski or Alabama Shakes, the record is narrative, unpredictable, and complex without sacrificing its playfulness. It is here that Oceaan’s personality shines in all of its many facets.
Outside of this project, in addition to playing keys with various local artists and teaching music, Oceaan has recently started two new original music projects: Glow Motive (with Anjalica Solomon) and The Tender Collapse (with Thomas Hoeller and Michael Tylo). Oceaan is also currently producing a podcast called Resonant Rest with the team at Grounded Futures about musicians, creative practice, and — you guessed it — rest. Oceaan loves friends, food, and hugs.