With a laid-back sound as slick and polished as it is bold, Australia’s Strange Talk have been compared to Friendly Fires, Phoenix and Passion Pit. They are the new arrivals in electropop and their styling, layered anthems are taking the scene by storm.
The two songwriters in the band, Stephen Docker and Gerard Sidhu, come from completely different musical backgrounds. Vocalist Stephen Docker is classically trained and has played violin for the Australian Youth Orchestra, while the talent of bassist Gerard Sidhu (a regular on the Melbourne DJ circuit) lies in the synthesizers and drum machines of electro house music. The friends decided that they should make music together and that their different backgrounds could produce an accomplished and original sound.
After two months of intense songwriting, the band emerged with the (self-titled) Strange Talk EP, which was mixed and produced by Eliot James (Futureheads, Bloc Party). The EP consists of four stylish and lush tracks that should tear up dance floors and airwaves alike. There are no weak tracks on the EP and this surely sets the expectation of great achievements from Strange Talk in the future.
To mark the release of the Strange Talk EP, Strange Talk is giving away a free download of the track “Climbing Walls,” the lush and textured track that was featured on Triple J Unearthed in 2010.
Right click the following link to download it: “Climbing Walls” (mp3)
You can keep up with Strange Talk at their website StrangeTalkMusic.com, or on Facebook, Twitter and Myspace. Look out for tour dates across Australia this summer and for the first single from the Strange Talk EP to be “Eskimo Boy.”