Following the more Rock-oriented material on their first albums, the songs on Ocean Rain were a departure. The aim was to make something conceptual with lush orchestration, but with a twist. The band employed a 35-piece orchestra for Ocean Rain. Guitarist Will Sergeant would later describe the finished recording as 'windswept; dark and stormy.' the Scott Walker / Love inspired string arrangements, unusual instrumentation, inventive recording techniques and McCulloch's abstract and bewildering mysticism all added to the unique and timeless quality of the album.