ffo: Mazzy Star, PJ Harvey, Jefferson Airplane
Apologies for the impersonal group mail-out, but if you’re getting this it is because I have personally selected your name/blog as I think you’ll like this track.
London duo Straylings have released a video for ‘Warm Ambition’.
It’s the second teaser track, following the release of the single ‘Umpteenth’ (Nov, 2017), taken from their forthcoming second album ‘Wild Medicine’ (out 23 February).
Straylings are a London duo formed of ex-The Veils guitarist Oliver Drake and Bahrain born Dana Zeera (on bass, piano, vocals, synths). They make sultry, brooding indie-rock with psychedelic fuzzed-up guitar. They’ve been compared to Jefferson Airplane, PJ Harvey and Mazzy Star. Their debut album ‘Entertainment On Foreign Grounds’ (2012) was described as “grandiose and empowering” (Clash), “bold” (DIY) and “exotic and enigmatic” (R2).
Straylings formed in the late 2000’s after Dana Zeera had travelled from her homelands of Bahrain to study iEngland. Drawn quickly into North London’s open mic nights and live scene, so at odds with her Middle Eastern up-brining, she soon crossed paths with English guitarist Oliver Drake, newly parted from his Rough Trade signed band The Veils.
In 2012 Straylings released their debut album ‘Entertainment On Foreign Grounds’ (Deadpan Records) to much acclaim. The record was hailed by the press as “grandiose and empowering” (Clash), “bold” (DIY) and “exotic and enigmatic” (R2) – with comparisons to the equally sultry and brooding sounds of PJ Harvey, Mazzy Star and Jefferson Airplane. Whilst at radio, the duo’s singles received play from BBC Radio’s Steve Lamacq and Huw Stephens as well as renowned US Producer Kramer (Urge Overkill/Pulp Fiction Soundtrack), amongst others.
Post-release the duo made the decision to take a step back from their music, which to some might be considered counter-intuitive. But rooted firmly to the idea of releasing music on their own terms, Straylings were not in a rush to fulfil the expectations of the industry machine. Instead, desiring an unforced creative process, the pair absorbed themselves in life outside of music over the following 18 months, allowing an absence of compromise and inspiration to unfold in its own time. Now Straylings return with their long-awaited second album ‘Wild Medicine’. Distinctively recognisable, with the Middle-Eastern influences brought to bear by Bahraini/Austrian songwriter Dana Zeera, combining the arrangements of musician/producer Oliver Drake. Electric piano, fuzz-guitar and synths form a psychedelic wrap from which Zeera’s enigmatic vocal floats spectrally. A sound which draws to mind Grace Slick, elements
of Aladin Sane-era Bowie and even conjures up the organ infused spirit of the Doors. Written, produced, recorded and mixed entirely by Straylings, ‘Wild Medicine’ is released digitally on 23 via Deadpan Records.