Blakeley wants you to get addicted to her new single, “Caffeine & Nicotine”

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.

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Let Lazy Day invade “With Your Mind”

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””

Danjul lets his music speak his heart with “Chapter of Love”

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””

Enjoy “Clover” by Cold Water Company

“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!

Be someone’s “Oxytocin”

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””

Echo Park sensation Lavender Scare give us a psychedelic track with “Drag for a Queen”

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””

We’d like to start this with a sports reference because it’s the perfect analogy to explain what happened with this artist here. A couple of years ago, Tim Tebow was on top of the world as an “ok” quarterback that needed a lot of development. Now, he had the tools to be truly a star in another position because of the way his body was built and the way he plays. Coaches advised him that he’d have much more success as a tight end; he refused because that’s not what he grew up wanting to become. He stayed the course of being a great quarterback, but in the end, it didn’t work out.

We have the same situation with Vital; he was on a path to become a hip hop artists but he realized his true potential by adhering to advice to switch it up. He may have more success in another genre, try Indie Dream Pop. Vital took it and ran with it, now what we have is “Finito“, the eccentric track that still has a bit of Hip Hop feel but with more Alternative sounds and Indie vibes. It’s looking like he adapted to the gift he was given and became what he always was, an Indie star-in-the-making. Utilizing the guitar to provide the rhythm while using a synthesizer to provide eclectic melodies that compliment his singing skills. We see more of an Alternative Kid Cudi with a vaster vocal range. He’s truly up-and-coming but not for long, soon he’ll be widely known. Be the first to listen to “Finito” today!

 

 

 

French for Rabbits spoke to us through “It Will Be Okay”

Coincidences, many times there are just situations that don’t make any sense at all that we label them off as coincidences. There are also moments when you refuse to believe that it was a matter of coincidence, there was a reason why this situation or occurrence arose in front of you at this exact moment. We were having a pretty shitty morning here at We Sound Strange and were feeling quite depressed, just general thoughts that people go through everyday. We popped on Soundcloud and we came across a track that was high on our feed. Believe us when we say this track changed our day, changed our whole vibe and perception for the rest of the day. French for Rabbits’ “It Will Be Okay”, well, it reminded us that things will be okay. We don’t believe it was  mere coincidence, this track was meant for us to listen to.
Everything about the song accentuates the theme that things will be okay. From the soothing vocals that make you feel as if you were being personally sung to and cared for, as if she was there by your side showing you heartfelt care. The soft melodies provided by the guitar that allows to let oneself go, dive into an introspective trance. The piano joining in the happy nature to muse a rhythmic pattern to add to the collective effort. To top it off, the lyrics are a whole different story. We’ll leave you with this, “It will be okay when the lights go out”.

The Stangs release EP, “American Sessions”

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What do you know about Indie bands from Wales? Nothing, would be our best guess. It’s not your fault, it’s our fault, we need to inform you better about great bands from across the globe. The Stangs is an energetic young three-piece band with an unmistakable sound encapsulating everything from Skiffle to Brit Rock to Pop Punk. They remind us a whole lot like a young up-and-coming Rolling Stones hungry to make a name for themselves in mainstream America. Maintaining an entirely organic approach to social media thus far, The Stangs are already creating waves in the British indie scene, utilizing support slots as their main tactic for gaining popularity.  Demand for The Stangs in the UK has brought them to a number of festivals and well-known live venues.

The lead vocalist creates lyrics that truly support the sounds created by the guitar and bass line. Visually, the band is a burst of energy on stage while humbled in understated apparel reminiscent of their greatest early influences. They have so much love more music that it shows whenever they perform. Rock ‘N Roll needs that fire to burn in their music again and The Stangs have it.

Having an earlier show at the Troubadour caught the attention of a very well-known producer who flew them to his New Jersey studio to record their first EP, American Sessions, thus “She’s a Stranger” was born. They will be releasing it song by song with their single, “Beekeeper”, being the last.

In the midst of “Fire & Lightning” we welcome Hundred Acres

We’re having a hard time classifying this track and this band, perhaps we shouldn’t even try. We listened to “Fire & Lightning” by Hundred Acres and we’re trying to pin our finger to their sound but it sounds out of this world. It has a mix of Indie, Alternative, Pop, Electronic, even some New Wave Hip Hop. We probably just made that up but this is what this band sounds like, a new sound we haven’t really heard of before. They even have some World type of music that we hear from India when they use the same string guitar for their solo, something that resembles a sitar. We listen to the Electro waves in the beginning that sets up a Dreamy Pop sound but then the voice bellows in with grace with a trace of Daft Punk effects. We don’t know what to think, we need your help. Where do you pinpoint this song and are you fond of it? We are, so listen above and let us know your thoughts.

“Before You Go” by Nicholas Roberts

Nicholas Roberts is a Florida-based indie-folk musician.  Roberts spent 2015 writing, recording, and arranging his debut LP in his studio apartment, the public library, and coffee shops around Orlando, FL. Yes, the rumors are true, we do have a bit of a soft spot for artists from Orlando because we spent a chunk of our lives living on that part of the East Coast. Heck, we kick ourselves everyday knowing that we never got to experience them live but we’re sure to see if he’s touring when we visit next month.

We’re excited to be bringing you his recent release, “Before You Go” that has all the aspects of Indie-Folk that we like. It has the story, the profound vocals to match the lyrics, the guitar melodies, and the all-around feel of musical oneness. It was mixed by Stephen Turney (Humming House, Dave Rawlings Machine) and mastered by Jeff Lipton and Maria Rice (Bon Iver, Andrew Bird)

Previously, Roberts’ songs have been featured on FOX, CNN, and MTV. That’s the past; now he’s being featured on We Sound Strange and we believe our strange followers are going to love him as much as we do. Go and check out “Before You Go” by Nicholas Roberts.