Listen: Strangers – “Something New”

22 Mar

Strangers Something New

Back before Christmas, Piers from Strangers joined us for a brew and a chat where we discussed how the band was doing and the ongoing evolution of their sound. More poppy was the general thought, but without ever losing the darkness that the band had hitherto embraced so readily. Today you get to find out exactly what that means in an aural sense as Strangers have made their latest single available to stream online ahead of its official release.

It is immediately obvious that no, the shadows in which they lay their pop foundations have not been abandoned. For while “Something New” (not a Girls Aloud cover incidentally) deals with the rush and excitement of a new relationship/sexual encounter in its lyrics; “The sound of our hearts/The beat of a drum/Can feel the heat/As we follow the sun/Kiss me again/It feels like something new” for example; the sounds are those of a slightly twisted, almost sinister electro-pop. There is, in the background, a constant and almost foreboding twinkle. Like a sample from Tubular Bells, had it been recorded by Depeche Mode rather than Mike Oldfield. Also deep within, are some whisper like backing vocals from Crystal Fighters’ Ellie Fletcher.

Something else that “Something New” is, is stupidly catchy. It’s one of those songs that once you have heard it a couple of times, you will wake up with it in your head. See a couple of the lyrics written down, say “Jumping Jumping/Falling Falling” in a tweet somewhere and your brain won’t hear anything else for the rest of your day. “It’s like an addiction” they sing. Well yes, yes it is. It’s proper earworm territory.

“Something New” will be released on 16 May via Just Off Pop Records


Catch Strangers playing live in the next few days.
22 March – Labour Club, Northhampton
27 March – Babblejar, London
29 March – Soup Kitchen, Manchester

Read More: Shedding Some Light: Strangers Interview

Stalk Strangers: Website / Facebook / Twitter / SoundCloud

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One Response to “Listen: Strangers – “Something New””

  1. name not supplied April 14, 2013 at 02:21 #

    brilliant song

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