Oceanography is the solo project of Oakland, California-based singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist Brian Kelly. He brings a unique pop sensibility to bittersweet songs of heartbreak, loss, and longing, recalling at times The War on Drugs, My Morning Jacket, and Damien Jurado. His literary eye for detail and deceptively powerful voice create moments of catharsis and beauty amid the bleak and mundane.


"Oceanography’s supercharged indie rock has nailed the forgotten art of anthemic guitar rock with a quirky underbelly, serving the non-status quo."

— Glide Magazine


“Oceanography manages to carve out its own sound, aided by Brian Kelly’s distinct vocals that recall the manic crooning of Suede’s Brett Anderson and Ian McCulloch of Echo & the Bunnymen.” 

— East Bay Express

“The temperament of the band on “Napoleon Holiday” reminds me of the great Pavement album “Slanted and Enchanted.” That ain’t bad company. Kelly’s voice in particular cuts through and leaves quite an impression.” 

— Music on The Goe

“Best track you’ll hear all year about a collections agent who uses the name of a Hall of Fame baseball player as an alias.”  

—The Bay Bridged

“Oceanography could be described as the best of what rock has offered in the last 20 to 40 years.”  

— This is Book’s Music


“The sound, particularly Kelly’s vocals, make for an epic live performance.”