It doesn’t feel like January to me. Outside, the trees are still trying to turn their leaves fiery shades before they drop, and every three days it feels more like late spring/early summer than the dead of winter. But such is winter in the south. (A major bummer after spending nine days in northern Wisconsin where 20 degrees felt downright pleasant.)
But the one thing making it feel like January right now is the chance to start fresh with a ton of new music for 2016. You can always ensure you’re getting new music picks from me by joining my email list (learn more about it here), but in 2016 I’m making it a goal to check in more often and share what I’m listening to – and I’m hoping you guys will share your picks with me too! (This past Friday’s #bestsongallweek picks were killer, by the way – tons of new stuff I’m loving.)
You’ll hear more about my 2016 musical resolutions later this week, but for now I want to introduce you to The Local Strangers – one of my very favorite new music bands I’ve found in a long time.
The Local Strangers
For fans of…
The Lone Bellow, Houndmouth, Dawes, indie rock with a dash of country
How I discovered them
I’m becoming a broken record, but I ran across their song “Crown” on Spotify. If you aren’t already, you should be using Spotify to explore new music 24 hours a day. Seriously, so much great stuff to be discovered that’s just waiting for you! (Bonus points if you’re a true good groupie and pay for your service + still buy the actual album.)
About the band
The Local Strangers are Aubrey Zoli and Matt Hart, Midwest natives who headed west to Seattle with the intention of making awesome music. I’d say they succeeded. Since 2010, Aubrey and Matt have played together and written two albums and a handful of EPs.
Their most recent record, “Take What You Can Carry”, is the one that caught my ear and has a fun little twist. Clocking in at an hour and twenty-six minutes with a total of 23 songs, the record is broken into halves – the front half of the album was recorded with a full band and absolutely rocks. The back half is a recorded living room performance with just Aubrey, Matt and an acoustic guitar. It’s the best 1.25 hours of music I’ve listened to in a long time.
These guys are well-loved in Seattle, so if you’re in the area I highly recommend checking them out. (And maybe putting in a good word for a Texas show?)
Why I like them
The Local Strangers is the type of indie rock sound I lust after that only seems to come out of homegrown Midwest musicians. And I can never get enough of it. Aubrey’s voice fluctuates between hints of Jenny Lewis and Florence Welch and is a perfect complement to Matt’s. Every song is a gorgeous, intoxicating blend of guitar, drums and vocals.
In short, The Local Strangers define The Miranda Sound.
Songs to check out
All of them. Seriously. But some of my early favorites are “Gasoline,” “Touchstone” (God, the way this song builds! It slays me.) “Red Dress”, “Up in Smoke” (a song I could totally hear being used on the TV show Nashville) and “1947”.
Find ’em online
By the way, if you pop over to thelocalstrangers.com you can grab a seven song sampler for free! Just scroll to the bottom of the site and look for the email list sign up.
What new music are you digging so far this year?
As always, I’d love to hear what you think of The Local Strangers as well as what new music you’re listening to. Hit up the comments – and stay turned for more new music coming your way on The Good Groupie soon.