Strange Ranger Release “Way Out”
Strange Ranger release their new album, Pure Music, on July 21st via beloved indie label Fire Talk, ahead of the album’s arrival, the east coast band has shared its new single, “Way Out,” with an accompanying visualizer by Fiona Woodman. A Talk Talk-inspired paean to isolation, “Way Out” features a striking saxophone solo from the band’s own Nathan Tucker, and continues Strange Ranger’s occupation of a space best described as uncanny. On Pure Music, the band indulges an obsession with Loveless, but they infiltrate any comparison to shoegaze with overtures to disco, house and experimental pop.
Of “Way Out,” bandleader Isaac Eiger says: “I wrote this one while going through my memories of being a teenager in Montana and then it got all biblical for some reason. We produced it at the house in the woods and I remember feeling extremely alert, almost manic working on it late at night. At the time, we thought of it as a sort of condensed Talk Talk song, but I’m not sure if it ended up that way.”
On June 15th Strange Ranger will perform in Philadelphia alongside fellow experimental pop pioneers Water From Your Eyes, followed by a hometown NYC show at 4 Irving Ave with Chanel Beads. In conjunction, the band will perform a pair of Pure Music release shows on August 4th at DROM in New York and August 5th at Johnny Brenda’s in Philadelphia.
Eiger, Tucker, Woodman 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. It’s an album that feels out of this time, one that lives in a dimension running parallel to ours.
Strange Ranger 2023 Tour Dates
Thu. June 15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Bonk’s ☾
Sat. June 17 – New York, NY @ 4 Irving Ave ☆
Fri. Aug. 4 – New York, NY @ DROM ✧
Sat. Aug. 5 – Philadelphia, PA @ Johnny Brenda’s ♡
☾ w/ Water From Your Eyes
☆ w/ Chanel Beads, xJermsx, Stylo, Goner & more
✧ w/ Nourished By Time & special guests
♡ w/ Snoozer, TBA
Pre-order Pure Music by Strange Ranger HERE
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