Listen: STRANGERS - Promises [EP Preview]

on Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Words: Saam Das

We never really got into The Departure, the Northampton band that made a brief splash in the indie world in the mid-noughties. Frontman David Maddox-Jones went on to form the short-lived NewIslands (who I wrote nice things about in March 2010) before founding to a new electro-pop project, [STRANGERS]. They're onto EP #3, which you can listen to below, including my highlight of the release, 'Promises'.

I failed to connect with the first couple of [STRANGERS]'s EPs but the anthemic eighties vibe of 'Promises' has rekindled my interest in Maddox-Jones' work. The track features guest vocals from Lara Smiles and it's perhaps no co-incidence that the change-up has resulted in my favourite [STRANGERS] track thus far.

The band have also done a Lana Del Rey cover - which it seems has become a rite of passage, considering (off the top of my head) Bombay Bicycle Club and Kasabian have also done the same. Listen to that below, along with the EP.


'EP 3' is released on 28th November. Find more on [STRANGERS] at

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