NEW YORK, NY (October 4, 2013) - Strange Talk, the Melbourne, Australia based alt-pop four-piece will play several shows at CMJ in New York this year. After wowing New York at 2012's CMJ Music Marathon, Strange Talk is back and playing 10/15 at The Knitting Factory for The Most Definitely & Beautiful Buzz Present CMJ 2013 Showcase, 10/16 at The Delancy for the SESAC CMJ Showcase and Pianos for the Crack in the Road / Disco Naivete / Unrecorded Presents: Dark Paradise, 10/18 at Rocksoff//The Jewel for the Wind-up CMJ Day Party and The Westway at the Neon Gold Records & All Things Go Present: All Things Gold CMJ 2013 Showcase and 10/19 at Spike Hill for the Baeble Music Presents: The Launch Pad CMJ 2013 Showcase (CMJ dates/set times below). Then the band will hit the road to play across North America including a stop in LA to play the official party of the 2013 Hollywood Reporter / Billboard Film & TV Music Conference October 30 at Avalon (tour dates below).
To celebrate the EP, Strange Talk used the audio platform SoundCloud to hold a remix competition so fans and remixers could have the opportunity to download the stems from each of the four tracks on the Strange Talk EP – "Cast Away," "Climbing Walls," "Falling in Love" and "Eskimo Boy" remix them, then upload them to a curated page promoting the remix competition powered by the SoundCloud competition app. Almost 150 submissions have been gathered, voting just began. Strange Talk will review then select one grand prize winner for each song, while fans will be able to vote now from October 3 – October 17, 2013, choosing the song of their choice to determine the runner-up for each song. The winner will be announced on October 22nd, 2013.
Strange Talk will release their self-produced Wind-up Records debut album Cast Away early 2014. All songs were mixed by Tony Hoffer (M83, Phoenix) with the exception of "Climbing Walls," "Eskimo Boy" and "Is It Real?" which were mixed by Eliot James (Bloc Party, Two Door Cinema Club). Rolling Stone (Australia) gave Cast Away a four out of five star review calling it "Equal parts Cut Copy and Daft Punk with pinches of Eighties pop, Strange Talk's album is a fizzy cocktail of synths, breathy vocals and tinny drums." Their debut single, "Climbing Walls" is at radio now.
The buzz has been building since the release of their self-titled 2011 EP (Wind-up released an updated version of this EP June 4, 2013). They reached the #1 spot on Billboard's Uncharted chart with "Climbing Walls" in the United States; the music video for that song was also part of a hugely successful Cheer laundry detergent campaign "Dig It. Get It" in the United States and Canada which made it the first-ever music video to feature hidden rewards to be found within it. They've played such festivals as Parklife, Stereosonic, Future Music, Soundscape and Falls, opened for Foster The People, the Rapture, Neon Indian and Marina and The Diamonds. Now Strange Talk will make their U.S. album debut with Cast Away - 12 tracks of indie-meets-electro gems (track listing below). You can get the song "Another Day" for free here and on Strange Talk's website.
Strange Talk is Stephen Docker (vocals, keys), Gerard Sidhu (bass, keys), Travis Constable (drums) and Gillan Gregory (guitar, keys).