The blissful, sunshiny pop of The Rebel Light’s “Strangers” just wasn’t made for these wintry times, but it’s never too cold for some good old-fashioned California dreamin’.
In a breezy three and a half minutes, guitars that echo the understated power of Grizzly Bear and the off-kilter rhythms of The Shins collide with dusky, '60s style harmonies. For relative newcomers that record in a basement home studio, the sound is remarkably polished, and each element is knitted together tightly. Perhaps that’s a reflection of the trio’s makeup: two brothers and a cousin.
The boys say: “‘Strangers’ was definitely inspired by our time living in California. We wanted it to sound like how California feels to us... portray that image of quintessential California which sometimes can simply be that girl in a sundress with that pretty California smile.”
Check out the nostalgia-inducing VHS-style visuals, directed by Spencer Hord, below.