Strangers

Strangers

by RAC

CD

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Overview

RAC's André Allen Anjos spent the better part of a decade establishing himself as one of music's hardest-working remixers, crafting a sound that straddled the line between indie and pop with a capital P. On Strangers, his first album of original material, Anjos collaborates with many of the artists whose songs he remixed, including YACHT, Penguin Prison, and Tokyo Police Club, but his most recognizable contribution is still his playful, detailed production work. RAC's sound remains bouncy and just short of busy, dominated by breezy synths and chugging muted guitars. This approach puts Anjos' collaborators in the spotlight, and Strangers works best when the singers have enough charisma to sell this formula. The previously released singles remain highlights: "Let Go," which features MNDR and Bloc Party's Kele, is as bouncy and bittersweet as ever, and a refreshing contrast to the angular rock the band returned to on Four. "Hollywood," a collaboration with Penguin Prison's Chris Glover, has a slick new wave vibe that evokes Julian Casablancas' solo work. Several of Strangers' newer tracks are nearly as good, particularly the collaborations with Body Language, Tegan and Sara, and Peter Bjorn and John's Peter Morén. "Ready for It," which features St. Lucia's Jean-Philip Grobler and Patricia Beranek, feels like a 21st century update of Animotion or Human League with its fizzy synth pop and girl-guy vocals, while the poignant "Tourist" finds Tokyo Police Club's David Monks wondering, "Are we strangers forever or are we strangers for now?" in another of the album's standouts.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/01/2014
Label: Interscope Records
UPC: 0602537730506
catalogNumber: 2014902
Rank: 15604

Album Credits

Performance Credits

RAC   Primary Artist
Nick Hurt   Guitar
Guy Licata   Drums
Alexandra Lawn   Cello
Liz Anjos   Background Vocals
Karl Kling   Trumpet
Troupe Gammage   Guitar
Luke Christian   Violin

Technical Credits

Peter Wade   Composer
Nick Hurt   Composer
Tegan Quin   Composer
Sara Quin   Composer
Jona Bechtolt   Composer
Chris Zane   Vocal Engineer
Alex Ebert   Composer
Tim Pagnotta   Composer
Kele Okereke   Composer
Katie Herzig   Composer
Abe Seiferth   Engineer
Claire Evans   Composer
Ryan Gilligan   Pro-Tools
Liz Anjos   Composer
Karl Kling   Composer
Troupe Gammage   Composer
Andrew Maury   Engineer,Vocal Engineer
Amanda Warner   Composer
Angelica Bess   Composer
Chris Glover   Composer
Matthew Koma   Composer
Joey Delahoussaye   Composer
Jean-Philip Grobler   Composer
David Monks   Composer
Peter Moren   Composer
Patricia Beranek   Composer
André Allen Anjos   Composer,Producer

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