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Strangely Arousing - Single Review: Ladeda

20 Sep 2018 // A review by Alex Moulton

Ladeda is the latest single from Strangely Arousing due for release on September 28th and is a tranquil piece; cruising and comfortable. 

Right from the start of the track the vocals are the focal point, with lead singer Lukas Wharekura pulling off a variety of sounds; initially having the gritty crooning vocal styling of Rod Stewart before transitioning through a John Mayer sound, until finding his tone for the remainder of the track in something reminiscent of the style of Arctic Monkeys vocalist, Alex Turner. 

Nothing overly technical, though there are some lovely little clean guitar accents that do shine over the other layers. And layers is really what Ladeda provides, with soothing backing ambiance and samples provided by the keys. The track flows well, and while it is kept in time but Oliver Pendergrasts hi-hat work, the vocals are the only thing that truly drive the song forward. But it doesn't need to be driven forward; the instruments are happy to loop and meander, altering slightly from time to time, there is a relaxed vibe that transfers to the listener, and is ever-present in the instrumental choruses.

A very mature track from these young lads and bodes strongly for their musical career.


Review written by Alex Moulton

Rating: ( 4 / 5 )
 

About Strangely Arousing

Having already lasted longer than most modern marriages, Strangely Arousing’s odyssey from Rotorua, to Raglan, to the big smoke of Auckland has been vast. After 6 years of blood, sweat, Jim Beam and tears - July 2017 saw the release of Strangely Arousing, a self-titled, 11 song exploration into the minds, hearts and souls of 5 musical gypsies from Rotorua, New Zealand.

In an era in which Fat Freddy’s Drop and Red Hot Chili Peppers are considered heritage artists and humans are no longer boxed by sexuality, one might describe Strangely Arousing as “trans genre” And comfortably so. Their reggae-based, jazz-influenced sound has led them to play for a wide range of audiences. From Raggamuffin to Rhythm and Vines, from sell out tours around New Zealand to international adventures in the Middle East and Asia.

Highlights from last summer include playing to 15,000 people in their hometown of Rotorua at the annual Lakeside concert, headlining the Whangarei Fritter Festival with Elemeno P and NZ dub heroes Salmonella Dub, and smashing a set at the iconic Rhythm & Vines festival. More recently, the band enjoyed its first international tour in South Korea and China. Amongst a slot at the Pentaport Rock Festival (headlined by industrial pioneers Nine Inch Nails), multiple headline shows in China, and a few frugal nights off spent at the clubs, Strangely has grown, as individuals and as a group, to an international standard, propelling their already compelling and uplifting live show to another level.

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