With the harmony of the Everly Bros and the grit of Tom Petty, Stranger Friends’ self-titled EP will be released on October 20, 2017. A hot duo with the right stuff to pull it off is what they are, and pulled it off is what they’ve done. They blend country and pop-rock with that same perfection at the end of the day, and this EP proves it. Opening with “Country Song” to define their overall music, is the best place to start, so it was a good idea to lead off with this number which is a point that actually-proves itself. They provide the vernacular of good clichés to get your blood pumping with this. Prepare to love it.
“Sacred Garded” is my favorite track from the EP and I’ll tell you it is because it’s the overall most musically diverse cut. You also get to hear them from the middle of their road for all it’s worth. The dreamy harmonies and fantastic melodies are what put it over the top. This is a song that brings together their influences more than any other track on the EP as well.
They recently cut a soundtrack for an upcoming movie, and I could easily hear this making it onto that track list. But that is yet to be seen, as it might be that none of these tracks are featured on it. Either way this is little piece of perfection.
The mood darkens quite a bit on “I Ain’t Dead” but it doesn’t mean it gets worse, as this is also another big moment on the EP. But whether or-not it is a bigger moment than the former track is up to anyone who hears it. I think this track is just as good but for different reasons that don’t float the same boats to begin with. But it’s likely one of the louder moments in places, if you like it up and down that way. It takes you through both a few times and that is either your cup of tea or not. It’s an overall example of how good they are at songwriting and studio performance art. So, it belongs as much as anything they included.
If you can’t get into “November & June” then it’s useless by now, as they come flying out with another enjoyable track for country music lovers. This feels very bluegrass and a welcomed flavor at this point, as it musically sparks more interest in the instrumental department. It flies by pretty-quickly but not without doing a double-take at the very least. It could even be the sleeper of the EP, but the tracks are so evenly selected for release that it doesn’t seem to matter.
In-fact they tend to play like one song from where I’m standing. And that is better than a sharp stick in the ear.
“Get Back Up” is a great way to close but it’s by no means a toss away like a lot of closing tracks. Once this is in the mind it doesn’t just jump ship after one listen. The sheer quality and talent-levels of Jamie Floyd and John Martin are not to be denied for their efforts to release a strong EP. And the final track deserves as many spins as the rest. This is a force to reckon with in 2018 with the said movie soundtrack being for a Burt Reynolds film. If the tracks are anything like these, it will be all the-more pleasing to know Stranger Friends are out there doing the business, and doing it well so far.