Strange Names – Strange Revelation (single) (Minor Times Records)


“Strange Revelation” is the lead track from Strange Names‘ self-titled EP (artwork above), which will be released in the U.K. on 16 September, 2013. The 4-song EP was originally released in the U.S. back in September 2012 and followed the duo’s debut single, ‘Minor Times / Once An Ocean‘, and the Bandcamp released Five Songs’ EP.

New York born Liam Benzvi and Francis Jiminez of Minneapolis met while attending the University of Minnesota in 2010, diving headlong into a collaboration that has seen them playing shows together since mid-2012. Named the Twin Cities Best New Band of 2012, the duo have since played alongside the likes of Yeasayer, Mac DeMarco and The Walkmen , as well as performing at SXSW.

Pushing aside the jangly and angular post-punk  of their debut single, “Strange Revelation” is a thick, layered and dreamy blend of electro-pop and dream-pop. While the first impressions present a noir-inspired world, the sound is juxtaposed by warm and sunny, westcoast vocal harmonies and chord progressions.

Showing hints of the territory and exploration of Yeasayer’s ‘Fragrant World’ from last year, “Strange Revelation” is an anthemic mid-tempo number led by layers of vocal harmonies, and made up of retro synths, lowly mixed gruff guitar chords, layers of vocal harmonies, backed by a driving bass line and a simplistic and vintage sounding drum-machine beat. Promising stuff indeed.

“Strange Revelation” is lifted from Strange Names’ self-titled 4-song EP, which will be released in the U.K. on 16 September, 2013.

Listen to “Strange Revelation” below: