The music world will never fully get over the loss of Elliot Smith. The sensitive singer-songwriter left an incredible body of work behind, but for fans of Smith, it will never be enough. They will always be wishing to be transported back to the moment they heard his music for the first time.
Well, a time machine has surfaced for Smith fans who can stream a 'new' song, "Ocean," recorded in 1984 when Smith was just 14-years-old, and appears in a new documentary about Smith's life, Heaven Adores You, produced by Kevin Moyer.
In an interview with Portland Radio Project, Moyer explained the history of "Ocean" and it's significance to Smith's early attempt at singing.
"It's interesting because it's one of the first songs that as they were writing, Elliott would make lyrics for it. It's keyboards, guitars, and Elliott singing. They did the keyboards and guitars first, and the Elliott came back and Steve Pickering convinced him, for demo purposes, to sing. I don't think Elliott was a singer at that point, but they kind of pushed him to sing it, and he did. It's probably one of the first songs that they did that actually has lyrics."
You can listen to the entire interview below, or just skip to the 32:00 mark to stream "Ocean"