It’s getting colder and the nights are getting darker, what is there to do but listen to some good old fashioned folk music to get through the day. We’ll have to see what we have in store for you. I got something for your folky days:The Sweden-based indie-folk duo A Choir Of Ghosts released their new single ‘Morning Light’ on December 1st and it’s truly a track that makes you feel like you’re in an old folk tale. After the overwhelming success of their first single ‘Ester’ in 2016 – a few weeks after they just founded the band – they went touring across all over Europe and are now also about to play in Sweden, Norway, Germany, Austria, Czech Republic and UK this Fall and Winter. Their tunes remind of a native surrounding with woods & oceans – and in the center of that scenario, it is A Choir Of Ghosts, a band that sounds like an indie-folk symbiosis between The Head And The Heart, Bear’s Den and Local Natives. Try this out for yourself and tell us your folky adventure.
Goodnight, Sunrise releases a track that speaks of the past, present, and future of their band and music in one track. One track that explains it all. There will be no walls, no secrets, no covers when it comes to this band and they want it that way. Remember Now is a hopeful song that came out of a time of despair – David (guitar/vocals) and Vanessa (keytar/vocals) started the band 6 years ago as best friends, found Paul (drums) shortly after, started dating 4 years ago, and broke up this summer. The song is about remembering that beneath the hurt, sadness, and pain that can overcome friendships and relationships, there’s always love at the core and if you’re careful and committed, it’s possible to preserve that love even if it’s in a different form.Goodnight, Sunrise lets the lightning strike to remind us that we shouldn’t forget the important things in life, a good memory goes a long way to make things work. Director Ryan Brough captured that spirit in the accompanying video which premiered Monday on Indie88 – it’s basically a dream scrapbook from this past summer and the wonderful roller coaster that is our band family. Remember the important things in life because if it truly is important to you, you’ll never forget. In another way, use the memory to prove to yourself and others that you can do anything you set you rmind to, even though people try to put you down. Sonically, Remember Now is a major turning point in the evolution of our sound, thanks largely to the production and mixing talents of Derek Hoffman (The Elwins, The Flatliners). Derek really nailed the heartbeat of our band and for the first time made our recording feel as explosive and dynamic as our live show is.
Toronto artist Lavender Child writes dreamy / ethereal alt-pop that can dictate the type of mood you can be in for the next several hours. We’re glad her music is the type to make you think, truly though-provoking. Her debut music video / single “Happy Illusions” exclusively premiered with The Revue November 9th and we’re excited to be able to feature here at We Sound Strange. Where else would such a eye-catching artist be that with the strange who can appreciate. Soon, all will be able to revel in her presence but until then, we have the privilege of welcoming her new single that is set to release December 1st. Lavender Child is passionate about the environment, community, and self exploration and her upcoming EP Reflections is a humble manifestation of these thoughts… “Our experience is the only truth that we know, here are some of mine”. We hope that you’ve had a wonderful Thanksgiving being thankful to all of those you love and care about. We Sound Strange is thankful for all of those who’ve stuck by our side and embraced the strange in them. Strange is our normal and that’s how we like. Enjoy this new track by Lavender Child, “Happy Illusions”.
We’re excited to bring you this electronic track to your ears, soul, and into your heart. The Him bring us with “Always” not to dance to, like you’d expect from Electronic music using synth waves to bounce and drop to the floor. No, this track hits you right in the feels, especially with the lyrics and the message if confides in you to keep in your heart. The creation and production of the track is classic build up with the vocals and it usually takes the lead but it definitely looks as if they take the backseat in this one, making way for the lyrics. We’ll only give you a taste of the lyrics because we wouldn’t want to spoil for you. “Make feel like always, kiss me like it’s always”. Even with this words alone it takes us to another world where happiness is something you feel, always. Happiness should be an always and the person who brings you this always is somone who should be with you, always. Listen to “Always” by The Him and you’ll have this on repeat, always.
Let’s talk about something important here; wishes. Yes, a wish is sort of like hope but with less faith in it actually happening. Why is that? Why do we not have as much faith in wishing as we do with hoping? How many times did you want something so bad that it hurts every day you’re not where you want to be or have what you want to have? We can tell you from personal experience that it doesn’t always happen, sometimes a wish is not enough. Perhaps, the wish the will you instill upon yourself to make it happen. No matter what it is you’re wishing for, it’s a process to attain anything of value in this life. We’re still in the process today to reach new heights and we’ll keep wishing and working until it happens. What else are you going to do, right? Sleep around and watch Netflix? Heck no, work hard and make it happen — stop feeling sorry for yourself. This is where Saycille comes in with her new track, “Wish”. It’s a soft sensation that encourages the wish to come true through you, not through magic. Continue reading ““Wish” it to reality with Saycille”
Pop artist Blakeley’s single, “Caffeine & Nicotine” is exactly what the doctor ordered. What a great way to grab people’s attention by using the two things humans can’t seem to live without. She’s banking on the addiction to both to cross over to her track, a desperate necessity to have them and a feeling of sickness when we don’t. Blakeley’s bouncy variant of “electronic rockabilly” belies her grittier thematic elements. The gutsy approach will quickly be recognized because it’s a path not many dare risk to venture to. With tongue in cheek, the single “Caffeine & Nicotine” calls to mind the bubblegum pop and surf rock of the early aughts as Blakeley extolls the virtues of those staples of alternative culture, coffee and cigarettes. We aren’t necessarily condoning it, but we’re recognizing that, although not quite as influential as before, they both still have no plans of fading.
Quintessentially, in her subject matter and subversiveness, Blakeley’s latest single is sure to please anyone looking for something with teeth that isn’t oppressive or over the top. It’s not as significant or apparent but we sense an EDM influence in the track as well. As it’s to say that the influence of caffeine & nicotine still runs today and she’s bringing awareness to it. Not all addictions are created equal because we like to say that an addiction to music is actually more of a blessing. Don’t be afraid to listen to “Caffeine & Nicotine” over and over again.
Ever wondered how someone was able to have so much control over you, so much influence over you that it can be manipulated to basically do anything they want you to. In some cases, it can be from infatuation, longing, or brainwashing. Lazy Day explains in detail how there is one person that was able to manipulate and influence their mind by making them feel so good. It’s a good that’s intoxicating, a drug that needs to be constantly taken, an addiction that needs constant satisfaction; it’s a wonderful and horrible feeling because in the end, we’re not in control of ourselves. “With My Mind” describes the good feeling of having it in their life. Continue reading “Let Lazy Day invade “With Your Mind””
Within the first couple seconds in to listening to “Chapter of Love” we were hooked. This was before the music kicked in. How so you say? Danjul takes it back to when music was more than just the instrumentation of it all, before it was all about the beat or the one hook, he turned back the dial to where it was about the lyrics and the deeper meaning to it. He starts it off with a spoken poetry, a symbolization of what this song truly means to him. Danjul lets his soul spill out unto us so that we get a transparency about him, a sense of vulnerability. This is what artists should be about; letting their fans inside their minds and their hearts. We’re dumbfounded and excited that Danjul took this chance. It helps that the keyboard sets the mood for his enchanting vocals to say what he feels. “My life begins surrounded by darkness yet I’m still determined to find my light”, vulnerability with humble ambitions, the ambition to find HIS light, not a light. With just this simple line, he’s bringing us courage to rise from the lows of the abyss and become who WE are destined to be. Continue reading “Danjul lets his music speak his heart with “Chapter of Love””
“Savor the sorrow”, there’s a reason these three words stood out to us. These three words never crossed our minds that they’d be intertwined in the formation that they’d be in now from Cold Water Company‘s “Clover” but they did it. What does it mean? “Take it as a sign”, yes, we need to embrace it as a sign that this came to us for a reason. We may feel down and out but struggle and sorrow builds character, it breeds a better man and woman in all of us. Lyric-wise, it’s a powerful proclamation of the journey, the search of what we constantly look for to make us feel alive, to fill the void that we just don’t know how to fill. It’s funny how each time we feel a moment, how quickly it fades until it was too late to know that it was a moment we should’ve savored. This is why Cold Water Company wants us to savor everything, take it as it comes and don’t overthink things, let it come. Continue reading “Enjoy “Clover” by Cold Water Company”
It’s our privileged to finally unveil “Houses” by The Duke Spirit because it has been waiting to burst out onto our scene. We want to give you just a little bit of a background on the LP but we want to let the music do the talking for this one as well. The track is from the band’s upcoming LP Sky Is Mine, which is out now via Ex Voto Records. On the album, each song approaches, revises, steps back and looks for humanity on a planetary scale. Sonically, it’s the most tender album The Duke Spirit have made. It combines shimmering melodies, energy-fueled psychedelic rock, and dark grandeur to aptivate while remaining characteristically raw. “Houses” was the track that stood out to the us the most and it’s the one we decided to feature on our Facebook and Instagram because we haver an exuberant amount of following there that needs to listen and hopefully soon, read our posts. Enjoy and let The Duke Spirits rise to the scene!
“Oxytocin” is beautiful. It’s often referred to as the love hormone and for good reason, it acts as a neurotransmitter to the brain that allows you to feel loved when hugged, kissed, etc. That’s why we should never be surprised when both men and women want to cuddle; it’s the feeling that comes with it that lets us bond with one another and actually feel close to someone. We all need oxytocin and Jack Conman puts the lyrics in a way that you feel you’re being hugged and kissed by his words. All it takes is it a little bit of love to feel that you’re not alone, that you don’t need serotonin if you just listen to his track. Continue reading “Be someone’s “Oxytocin””
We Sound Strange headquarters has recently moved to Downtown Los Angeles and when a good friend of ours heard the news, she immediately recommend we check out an act nearby. The Lavender Scare come straight from a neighboring city, Echo Park, and who know an amazing talent were so darn close to use. As soon as we heard “Drag for a Queen“, we knew we had to feature it because it has the sound that encapsulates We Sound Strange, strange. From the psychedelic chorus flange and delay from the melodic guitar strings, to the vocals that are deep to the pitch. The phaser is in full effect and it adds to the enigmatic sound of Lavender Scare. Continue reading “Echo Park sensation Lavender Scare give us a psychedelic track with “Drag for a Queen””