Strange Conversations

FRESH: ‘Time And Intention’ – Strange Conversations

Strange Conversations promote “Time And Intention”.

by Christopher Smith

“This track is a bit of a melancholy break up tune, the lyrics talk about how easily things could have been saved with just a little effort (“Time and Intention”). Musically we tracked this with live acoustic Fiddle and there is even an Oboe in there during the intro. The vocals are a duet between myself and our guest female singer KT (who sounds some like Kelly Clarkson). We are big harmony fans (hence the Beach Boys influence) and there are some really interesting harmonies on this track including the outro”. That’s how Strange Conversations describe their latest track!

Two brothers, 13 years and 1000 miles apart write, produce, and record a concept album based on Hemmingway’s Old Man and The Sea and their relationship with their father, who was a fisherman himself. “Probably lost a few of you already with the sheer geekiness of that sentence”, they say, “but for those who chose to stick around, and happen to be fans of melodic rock music with some powerful but approachable ‘Prog’ leanings”. Writing for their album (“Blase’ Faire”) started in late 2017 over Skype sessions, and the record was recorded over the course of five months in 2018 at The Beat Lab Studios in Salem, NH.

Knowing that they wanted to add additional textures to the record such as real violins and violas, choir vocals, additional female lead vocals and real horns/brass, the boys turned to some amazingly talented musicians and singers around the world to contribute to the arrangements on several tracks. The amazing Brent Hendrich was called upon for mixing starting in August of 2018 and finally, the record was mastered by Tom Waltz during the month of October. “Blase’ Faire”, their second album, is out now and is well worth a listen or two!

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Written by Christopher Smith

So perhaps you’ve read an article or two that I’ve written and wondered “just who is this character?”! Well I thought maybe it would be time to introduce myself and what I’m all about. Well it’s all about the music! Having been born in the late 1970’s I was heavily influenced by my parent’s love of ‘popular’ music and rock and roll of the 1950’s and 60’s. My Mother always said she should of married Elvis and my father was, and is still, in love with Sandie Shaw! But while my Dad’s tastes stopped in about 1967, my Mum carried on loving music throughout the 70’s, 80’s and beyond. My first memory was playing on the floor whilst my Mother was ironing one day with the radio on, and hearing ABBA’s “Super Trouper” dancing my nappy off to it! Maybe that’s where it all went wrong…?! Having been subjected to all and sundry in my infant years, I finally found my feet in the mid-1980’s and began ‘partying’ to the likes of Culture Club, Stevie Wonder(!), Elkie Brooks and Bananarama to name but a few! The year 1987 would have a profound effect on my listening tastes and from thereon in my life would be dominated with buying and listening to music. Any number of outstanding songs were released and listened to that year, most notably “Nothing’s Gonna Stop Us Now”, “I Wanna Dance With Somebody” and “La Isla Bonita”. That Summer my mind was completely taken over with music and sounds I’d never heard before and I was totally taken in by it all. My father would say “whaaar rubbish you got on naaaaao?” (I’m from Norfolk!) but I was hooked. And it continued so for the rest of the decade and the next. At the beginning of 1988 I ‘met’ my true love and the singer I’ve worshipped more than any other artist or group. You may know of her. She’s from Australia…! Aside from pop music, my tastes are many and varied and continues to grow and expand as I ‘mature’ in age. I’ve always been heavily interested in films and in particular the mechanics of film making and of course film music, so scores and subsequently orchestral music takes up a lot of my tastes and collection. 90’s dance and club tunes also takes up much of the space in my head and I’m surprised my brain has stopped shaking from the years of abuse it took being dragged to nightclubs, often three times a week in my 20’s! I find with each year that passes I regress back to my youth and of course the 1980’s. 80’s music dominates and the lust to see as many 80’s acts and singers play live now is insatiable. I’m still getting into the groove as much as every breath I take, but I’m never gonna give up listening to my heart and pumping up the volume, simply because I LOVE MUSIC…any kind of music!
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