Independent Spotlight is a continuing series on Stewart’s blog. The series revolves around independent artists and bands sending their music to Brett to review. No band is promised a positive review, and all music is reviewed honestly in an effort to better independent music.
In this afternoon’s edition of the Independent Spotlight, we shine our gaze on Strangely Alright, a dream pop outfit hailing from Seattle that bills themselves as a “colorful indie rock” experience that cites influences the likes of David Bowie, John Lennon, and Weezer. Their latest studio endeavor is ‘Now Is The Time,’ a particularly punchy single that was also produced by two members of the group, Regan Lane and Sean Van Dommelen.
Strangely Alright is a refreshing band for a number of reasons. First and foremost, they actually classify themselves aptly. This is fantastic, infectious dream pop that’s absolutely infused with Weezer-esque vibes. ‘Now Is The Time’ could be right off the cutting room floor of Weezer’s ‘White Album’ from last year. The single has a wonderful pop sensibility that’s accented by a strong production and unique instrumentation. That, of course, is the key to quality indie pop that breaks through the endless noise of the genre.
If I were to draw a parallel, I’d argue Strangely Alright and their new single remind me of Spacehog, the often overlooked pop rock outfit from the late 90s lead by Royston Langdon. That same fiery personality is in abundance on ‘Now Is The Time,’ driven by crunchy electric guitar, pounding piano, and waterfall-like synthesizers. It’s the kind of single that’s best suited by a summer release since it’ll be perfect for blaring out of car stereos on hot summer nights.
The production quality of ‘Now Is The Time’ is on point, too, showcasing the band beautifully. Not a note is missed and the mix and master is impressively solid - again, another refreshing element of Strangely Alright that’s missing from most independent acts. The lyricism of ‘Now Is The Time’ is rather good, too, offering an anthemic atmosphere that’s a call to action of sorts.
There’s nothing to not love about Strangely Alright. They’re more than alright - they’re brilliantly enjoyable. ‘Now Is The Time’ is the best “summer single” to come across my desk thus far this year, and it’s one well worth including in one’s independent music collection. Connect with the band below on their site and social media.