Dreams​/​Love and Light

by Northern Strangers

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Northern Strangers are proud to announce our funky, psychedelic new single “Dreams/Love and Light.” The track began as a slow country/gospel type of tune, evocative of the Grateful Dead’s Brokedown Palace. Then, in a moment of inspiration, guitarist/lyricist Dan Graul started crafting an arrangement that calls on punky folk attitude, a la The Avett Brothers, Motown era soul and funk, with a touch of the 90’s alongside the usual suspects of influence (like Pink Floyd/David Bowie/Talking Heads).

The song is a personal testimony from Graul about the power of overcoming your most base fears and personal paranoia through the idea that, sometimes, the best answer is simply to abandon fear and seek out the love and positivity in the universe; the chorus touts “all things must change, we’ll never be prepared” and concludes with “the past is gone, when we move on and find the love and light.” The lyrics that speak to dreams of being chased and waking with a fright refer to actual recurring dreams Dan experienced as a child. and a tangible fear that only love could overcome.

“Dreams/Love and Light” will be available for download and streaming on iTunes, Spotify, Bandcamp, Amazon, Google Play, etc. on Friday, April 27th. The track is the second release from Northern Strangers upcoming EP “Make America Love Again.”

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I went to sleep last night with dreams of solar power
The ice was melting in my glass as the hands ticked toward the hour
My mind and soul filled up with light my heart rang with desire
The money burning holes in the hearts of men was the appropriate funeral pyre
Oh - don't be scared
All things must change
We'll never be prepared
Oh - the past is gone
When we move on
And find the love and light
The love and light
Try to love your life
Might be your only ride
When you dream at night is there someone chasing you around
You wake with a fright to see the light and find that silence is the loudest sound
Our hearts can tell us what to hear if we only choose to look inside
Security and wisdom will make you strong help you take it to the other side
Oh - don't be scared
All things must change
We'll never be prepared
Oh - the past is gone
When we move on
And find the love and light
The love and light

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released April 27, 2018
Dreams/Love and Light was recorded and produced by the Voodoo Bear at Manhattan Studio in Montrose, CA.

Dan Graul - Vocals/Guitar/Bass/Synth
Rebecca Graul - Vocals/Keys/

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Northern Strangers Los Angeles, California

Northern Strangers shaped their psychedelic sound playing Pink Floyd records live (in their entirety) throughout Los Angeles. Other folk rock influences (including David Bowie, Neil Young and Wishbone Ash) come together with modern synth wave/punk sounds like Talking Heads, Belle & Sebastian and Arcade Fire to form a funky flavor of psychedelic fun. ... more

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