Commanding, crisp, and perfect for summer: 'Cast Away' is the highly anticipated debut by Melbourne electro-pop charmers Strange Talk. Following up on the international buzz brought on by 2011’s self-titled EP, 'Cast Away' is 11 tracks of indie-meets-electro gems: relentless, hook-laced hits (breakout single “Climbing Walls”), rave drenched anthems (“Falling In Love”), big tom dancefloor bangers (“Another Day”) and minimalist electro ballads (“Come Back Home”). Packed full of shimmering synths and pulsing pop beats, Cast Away is one epic, dazzling listen.
Off the back of killer singles like “Climbing Walls”, “Eskimo Boy” and “Sexual Lifestyle”, Strange Talk – frontman Stephen Docker, producer/DJ/bassist Gerard Sidhu, Travis Constable (drums) and Gillan Gregory (guitar) – have already made their mark, both in Australia and beyond. They’ve joined the line-ups of festivals Parklife, Stereosonic, Future Music, Soundscape and Falls; opened for The Rapture, Neon Indian, and Marina and The Diamonds; hit the #1 spot on Billboard’s Uncharted Chart; and wowed New York City at 2011 and 2012’s CMJ Music Marathon. Now comes Cast Away – named after the first song written for the album, and their biggest move yet.
A year of shows and Strange Talk has morphed into one of the country’s most exciting live acts. It’s long way from the bedroom duo Stephen and Gerard envisioned when they met on MySpace, almost three years ago. “We all know each other a lot more now,” Stephen laughs. “It’s weird how it works with such a diverse mix of backgrounds, but I think that does the project justice. ‘Climbing Walls’ was when the penny dropped for us. Now, we just want people to have fun, lose themselves in the songs. Enjoy the journey, from start to end.”
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