Strange & the Familiars – ‘Agent Strange’
Hailing from Portland, Strange & the Familiars have released the brilliant single ‘Agent Strange’ with an excellent accompanying video too. It is an indie-rock release that you need to know about this Spring.
‘Agent Strange’ is a deeply affecting track. It is compelling from the get-go, with intriguing instrumentation that gently swims into the sonic spectrum.
The initial vocals are spoken word, which sets the scene for what is to come. The main sung vocals are filled with heart and soul. In addition, the backing instrumentation is varied, twisting and turning, taking the listener on an unexpected journey, keeping the piece feeling fresh.
Furthermore, the intelligent lyrics are simply brilliant and ‘Agent Strange’ is a song that continually evolves with a hard-hitting message. It is a track unparalleled to anything we have heard recently, and this is what makes Strange & the Familiars stand out from the crowd.
Also, there is a thoroughly compelling video that accompanies the release. It offers the perfect visuals to the audio, and Strange & the Familiars showcase their talents through various mediums on this release.
The band say about this latest release, “‘Agent Strange’ is the first piece of the Strange World puzzle, where Stephanie Strange wonders if the transmissions she’s been receiving are from a faraway place, or if she’s just crazy. She laments this world, vacillating in and out of this reality.”
Strange & the Familiars comprise of band members Stephanie Strange – Lead Vocals, Guitar, Mark Bowden – Lead guitar, Tim Karplus – Percussion and Owen Hofmann Smith – Cello/Stand up Bass. They are clearly excellent musicians in their own right, but when they come together, magic happens!
The band cite their influences as coming from artists such as Tom Waits, Talking Heads, and PJ Harvey. Strange & the Familiars stand shoulder to shoulder with any of these artists. They are making music that is timeless and thoroughly engaging.
So make sure that you add ‘Agent Strange’ to your playlist this weekend. Strange & the Familiars are a dynamic band who are just getting started in 2022, and we highly anticipate what will come next.
FVMusicBlog April 2022
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