Strange & Primitive: Debut Album ft. 80's Visuals and Vibes
Canadian duo Strange & Primitive’s self-titled debut album is a cerebral journey through sound and space. Synth-infused melodies, dissonant beats, off-kilter riffs and emotive vocals fuse together, creating unique and intricate circuitry. Strange & Primitive is an album "that feels like a newborn sentient being, its neurons pulsing with dark energy brought to life by the band’s curiosity to explore their musical boundaries."
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There’s a distinct 80s flavour to the album, albeit the darker side of the era. Single Difficulties Be Damned is tense - tribal beats and robotic synths entwine, crescendoing with electronic eloquence. The track is trance-like, with Musgrave channelling Mark Hollis-esque vocals, in homage to influences like Talk Talk. We asked them to put together a list of their favourite 80s artist in which they drew inspiration from for their own music. Scroll through their choices below:
Robert Fripp returned with a very new and different King Crimson outfit in 1981. The revamped sound included a mix of Gamelan and New Wave music. New frontman Adrian Belew brought his experiences playing with David Bowie, Talking Heads and Frank Zappa and we think those artists can be heard as well as influences. It was easily the best progressive rock of the decade.
Bruce Springsteen had a pretty dominant 80s. Three number one albums in the US and all four releases went platinum. Sales aside, the music was also excellent and all four albums are essential listening. The 80s was also the decade where Springsteen perfected juxtaposing the brighter warmer sounds of rock n roll with the decay and darker aspects of America.