Strange Ranger Debut “Wide Awake” Video
Strange Ranger have shared their new single/video, “Wide Awake,” the track is off their forthcoming album Pure Music, available July 21st via Fire Talk Records (Cola, Mamalarky). “Wide Awake” is a full-blown synth-pop anthem featuring vocals from Isaac Eiger and Fiona Woodman. The accompanying video, directed by Lola Dement Myers and shot by Ben Turok, recalls the chic nonchalance of early-aughts pop stardom, with Woodman seen across fisheye malls, escalators, and NYC subways.
“Wide Awake” follows previous singles “glitchy,” “Rain So Hard,” and “She’s On Fire.” “I was thinking about these flashes of memory that stick in your head forever,” Eiger says of “Wide Awake,” continuing, “Bursts of senses that return every now and again but don’t lead anywhere beyond themselves like a GIF in your brain. It’s weird to think about what stays with you and if that’s at all related to how important the thing in question was.”
Next month, Strange Ranger will perform a pair of Pure Music release shows at DROM in New York City and Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia. The following month, Strange Ranger will embark on a headlining North American tour, including stops in Chicago, Los Angeles, Atlanta and more.
Eiger, Woodman, Nathan Tucker, and Fred Nixon recorded Pure Music at a cabin in upstate New York as a blizzard raged outside. The album elucidates the promise of No Light in Heaven, their 2020 mixtape that hinted the band was cocooned in a state of near total transformation. Pure Music emerged from the same sessions, and while No Light in Heaven resembles, in places, bygone iterations of Strange Ranger’s sound, Pure Music was made with so little concern for what anyone might expect of them, as if they were a band without history. Eiger and Woodman sing dual vocals on all songs except for “Blue Shade” and “Ask Me About My Love Life,” which showcase Woodman alongside Nixon. The result is an album that feels out of this time, one that lives in a dimension running parallel to ours.
“Music makes us transcend the feeling of being alienated from or trapped by the world,” Woodman says. “I want the experience of listening to Pure Music to be euphoric.”
Strange Ranger 2023 Tour Dates
Fri. Aug. 4 – New York, NY @ DROM ✧
Sat. Aug. 5 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s ♡
Thu. Aug. 31 – Richmond, VA @ The Camel
Fri. Sep. 1 – Durham, NC @ The Pinhook
Sat. Sep. 2 – Atlanta, GA @ 529
Sun. Sep. 3 – Pensacola, FL @ The Handlebar
Tue. Sep. 5 – Denton, TX @ Andy’s
Wed. Sep. 6 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
Fri. Sep. 8 – Phoenix, AZ @ Linger Longer Lounge
Sun. Sep. 10 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Resident
Mon. Sep. 11 – San Francisco, CA @ Thee Parkside
Tue. Sep. 12 – Reno, NV @ The Holland Project
Thu. Sep. 14 – Portland, OR @ Polaris Hall
Fri. Sep. 15 – Seattle, WA @ Vera Project
Sun. Sep. 17 – Missoula, MT @ The Showroom
Mon. Sep. 18 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Kilby Court
Tue. Sep. 19 – Denver, CO @ Hi-Dive
Fri. Sep. 22 – Chicago, IL @ The Hideout
Sat. Sep. 23 – St. Louis, MO @ The Sinkhole
Mon. Sep. 25 – Indianapolis, IN @ Healer
✧ w/ Nourished By Time & special guests
♡ w/ Snoozer, Full Body 2
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