Dead Oceans

As Dead Oceans has thrived for nearly a decade, that central mission has remained — to both honor and subvert the canon of independent music, so that it can be remade anew for the modern world. Secretly Group has become becoming a global group of independent labels, and the ability to serve artists worldwide is an integral aspect of the label’s internal workings.

“I think it’s fair to say that in the early days, both Phosphorescent and Dead Oceans were what you might call ‘scrappy’ outfits,” Houck observes. “But it’s sure as hell come a long way since then.”