Cast Away: The Debut album from Strange Talk is out now
Strange Talk are the flourishing melodies heard behind rooftop conversations amongst strangers. They’re also moonlighting as the anthem to your club and festival night. That’s the kind of beguiling juxtaposition that the Melbourne duo, comprised of Stephen Docker and Gerard Sidhu bring to your summer soundtrack.
Nestled comfortably between the French disco samples of Daft Punk and the soaring indie aesthetics of contemporary electronic giants like Flume, Strange Talk return with a re-discovered passion that stems from their roots of electronic music production and song-writing. With a growing realisation of who they are and where they want to go, Strange Talk is no longer the 4-piece indie pop band we’ve known them for, but an electronic duo which sees them returning with a whole new look, feel and refocused sound that is crisp, commanding and all encompassing of the shift in dynamic. The duo are set to drop a brand new EP this October.
In 2012, Strange Talk were making a name for themselves in Australia- they were busy doing the rounds on the Aussie festival circuit appearing at Parklife, Stereosonic, Future Music, Soundscape and Falls, while opening for indie heavyweights like Neon Indian and Foster the People. Meanwhile, in the States they were hitting the #1 spot on Billboard’s Uncharted chart and whispers of their talent were growing louder. It was time Strange Talk officially made their US debut which they did with their LP, “Cast Away,” in 2013. Soundcloud streams would hit over 1 million streams, and official remixes would soon arrive from artists like Dillon Francis, Chainsmokers and Viceroy - propelling the group into the kind of blogosphere stardom that the duo could only dream about when they first formed in their bedroom in 2011.
Strange Talk’s forthcoming EP is a synesthetic experience- one that bleeds of golden melodies stacked against a backbone of heavy bass, all tied together with flourishes of electronica. It’s a musical testament of how a duo found their sound and got their groove back, if you will. From the heartbreak-on-the-dancefloor synths that build to a sombre climax on So In Love, to the all-encompassing disco vibes of the anthemic summer track, When It Feels So Good, the duo’s new release is a bold testament of how Docker and Sidhu have pushed themselves musically over the past 5 years.
The ethereal duet, “Painted In Gold,” featuring fellow-Australian artist Bertie Blackman is perhaps the best sonic reflection of the remarkable journey the group have made . “It’s about chasing the dream and all the drama you go through,” muses Gerard. “It’s a reflection of our journey over the last 5 years to get where we are and everything we have been through.”