Hailing from Salt Lake City, the guys of Strange Familia, consisting of Garret Williams and Brecken Jones, are positioning themselves for a breakout with their debut self-titled album. The 11-song odyssey of the birth, blossoming and maturation of love is filled with twists and turns of funky, modernized 80s synth-pop riffs and dance inspiring beats. The duo presses forward on those happy-go-lucky chords with reckless abandon, but keeps the overly optimistic sounding tracks in check with melancholy lyrics that are emotionally awkward. It is a brilliant balance that plays itself out over and over throughout Strange Familia.
A highlight track is their single, “Ms. Badblood”. It is everything you could want in a funky, synth-pop track. There are great harmonies, fantastic guitar and bass riffs and a dance beat that keeps the party going. The vocal distortions is lively, playful and is used responsibly, when normally it can distract from a singer’s talent. In this case, it enhances the track while fitting the motif and setting the tone for the rest of the album.
One of their self-reflecting moments is the last track, “Odes”, which currently has over 300,000 listens on Spotify. It is an electro-folk pop sound that interestingly ties the record together. It is a calm and composed track that is almost dreamlike. It is a great contrasting song to the opener, “Ms. Badblood”, but still fits the overall feel of the album.
Overall, this is a well constructed album and Strange Familia are twisting up the revival of the 1980s synth-pop and make it their own. Strange Familia is a wonderful journey through the hidden aspects of love and relationships and yet still satisfies the urges for playfulness and dance. Check it out. It is worth a listen!
The self-titled album by Strange Familia can be pre-ordered on their website: HERE. The album will be available for streaming on April 18, then available everywhere on April 21, 2017.
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