Okean Elzy, Ukraine’s most beloved and enduring band, have released their new track Voices Are Rising. The band, whose name translates to Elza’s Ocean, have become one of Ukraine’s biggest musical success stories over decades following the releases of their rock anthems На небі (‘Na Nebi’) and Без бою (‘Bez boyu’). Now, they are gearing up to release their first album entirely in English, with more details to be announced soon.

For over twenty-five years, Okean Elzy has been a beacon of hope and inspiration in Ukraine, spreading their message of resilience and unity through their music. Lead singer, Sviastoslav Vakarchuk aka ‘Slava’, has been at the forefront of this movement, using his platform to advocate for peace and solidarity in the face of adversity.

On their yet-to-be-announced upcoming album, Okean Elzy aims to introduce their Ukrainian culture to audiences around the world. Their decision to release an English-language album comes at a crucial time, as the ongoing war in Ukraine underscores the importance of international solidarity and understanding.

Speaking of the single release, singer, Slava, says – “Voices Are Rising is a song about energy. Everyone has an enormous amount of energy inside. The challenge is to be able to use this energy for the benefit of good things. It is an important skill I like to use every time I face difficulties. A very necessary song for me and millions of people in these turbulent times.” Starting off with soft, melodic verses, the song quickly unfolds into an anthemic chorus that perfectly encapsulates the intensity of despair surrounding the grievances of the people of Ukraine and the rest of the world watching in shock.

Reflecting on the band’s journey to date, he adds: “It’s paradoxical. As a musician, I’ve always believed in the power of love. But when war is going on in your country, threatening the people you love, you have to become a warrior.”



Date Venue
Fri 19th O2 Academy Edinburgh
Sun 21st O2 Academy Birmingham
Mon 22nd Manchester Academy
Sat 27th The Brighton Centre

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