Cast Away (LP)


Strange Talk

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Amoeba Review

04/28/2014

First proper full-length from Australian pop sensations and the synthesizers are slathered on to a sort of nu-new-wave end. Anthemically tender romanticism ala John Hughes with a decidedly grand performance of glossy synth erudition. If I hadn't seen their music video, I might imagine these cats looked a little like A Flock of Seagulls. However, while the Seagulls wrote straight ahead verse chorus verse pop songs, Strange Talk have, like so many of their contemporaries, learned the compositional lessons of the techno crescendo and drop, mining those catch and release moves for maximum pop-romantic impact on and off the dance floor. That said, one of the refreshing things about Strange Talk's sound, and why I think it owes more to the New Romantics than Ibiza, is that it is a sound managing to maintain its own intimacy, the intimacy of a group, the intimacy of its romantic narratives. It never loses itself or the listener in the proverbial crowd when it should be pulling you closer, it does not pretend an intimacy it's not designed for like so much contemporary electronic music mining pop tropes. This is a pop record which, if it is mining tropes of electronica, is looking in a different direction than its most obvious contemporaries. American audiences should respond favorably.



Track Listing



Disc 1 Titles
Artist
Length
1.
Cast Away
Strange Talk 04:31
2.
Falling In Love
Strange Talk 04:15
3.
Picking Up All The Pieces
Strange Talk 03:46
4.
Another Day
Strange Talk 03:56
5.
So So La La
Strange Talk 03:55
6.
Visions
Strange Talk 03:27
7.
Take Me As I Am
Strange Talk 03:48
8.
Climbing Walls
Strange Talk 03:44
9.
Come Back Home
Strange Talk 03:58
10.
Morning Sun
Strange Talk 05:13
11.
Wanted (Dead Or Alive)
Strange Talk 03:58

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