Bay Area Rockers, Strange Culprits, are within an exciting time as their debut self-titled album is set to release on June 8th, 2018. We snagged an early copy of the release to share what we took away from what’s to come.
Kicking off with the first track, “Moonlight”, Strange Culprits blast off by showcasing that they have put extensive time and detail into mastering the album as their spirited energy begins to come to light and entwine with a subtle dose of lyrical romanticism that captures the heart of a soulful lover. The second track, “When You’re Away”, begins with a bold lyrical edge as Vocalist, Jason Buckingham, shapes his vocal style to match his lyrical plead to match up once again with the individual that has been occupying a place within his head.
“Fleeting Moments” is the third track that begins with sultry and blues-infused instrumentals that create an atmosphere of reflection as the trio lyrically travel down an all too familiar road of indecision when it comes to an interpersonal attachment that is taking over the heart and soul of a man who is on the brink of losing control. The fourth track, “Rootless”, captures the spirit of a nomadic soul as they lyrically create clouds in the skies when it comes to their desire to travel freely with the individual that lights their love on fire. “Let’s” is the fifth track that begins with the feel of the instrumental style of Counting Crows and then takes a swift turn into a lyrical ode to sharing every moment of human existence adventuring throughout the West Coast with a soulmate that has left the mark of a lifetime on Jason’s heart.
The sixth track, “Mija”, slows it down to lyrically face mortality in a beautiful way while hyper-aware of the possibility of their inevitable death at any moment with astonishing serenity. “Bless The Harlot” is the seventh track that attempts to lyrically reshape the perspective of an individual who has traveled down a challenging road that is draining them of every ounce of soul. Closing out with “Concrete In The Rain”, Strange Culprits begin with astounding instrumentals that mimic A Perfect Circle as lyrics speak of growing through the mud of life and in turn, becoming a wizened and well-rounded source of light.
It will come off as shocking that this is Strange Culprits debut effort. If you’re a fan of a mixture of fellow musicians such as My Morning Jacket, Wilco, Kings of Leon and The Decemberists, then set a reminder for the June 8th, 2018 release of Strange Culprits debut album on Soundcloud.
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