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Victoria Houser’s ‘By the Ocean’ is inspired by growing up in Nova Scotia

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Toronto-based singer-songwriter Victoria Houser showcases her superb storytelling once more on her new single “By the Ocean” from her new EP, Somewhere Close To Home.

The song is an ode to her east coast roots and explores the magic of her upbringing in the coastal town of Hubbards, NS. Each verse pays homage to a member of her family and the crucial role they played in her early life.

For Victoria, writing the song was second nature, and the words “poured out effortlessly, resonating with my deep connection to home,” she said. The song is a thank-you to the people and the memories that made her who she is today.

Not only do Victoria’s carefully crafted lyrics reflect the tranquility of her hometown and the comfort of family life, but the musical composition itself—a clever blend of folk, roots, and country—further envelopes the listener in the sounds of the coast. Blended with Victoria’s warm voice and authentic narrative, the song transports us into a peaceful, seaside life.

“By the Ocean” is Victoria’s second single from her new EP, Somewhere Close to Home. The album’s title is derived from a lyric of “By the Ocean”: “In my final resting place / Please lay me somewhere close to home / Near the singing of the waves.”

The title, lovingly chosen by Victoria, “mirrors the emotional compass guiding these four tracks—a longing for the sanctuary of home, whether it’s the serene coastal vibes of Nova Scotia or the nostalgic comfort found in the company of dear friends and lovers.”

The second single comes on the heels of Victoria’s heart wrenching “When You’re Sober,” an upbeat, unusually melancholic, and infectious track about the turmoil of a failing relationship.

“Every song on Somewhere Close to Home carries a piece of my story, inspired by moments of joy, heartache, and the intricate threads that connect us to our roots,” Victoria said. “By the Ocean” is no exception, and the earnest new single wraps listeners in the luxury of coming home.

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