Welcome to the "Daily Song Drop": theguysfrom.com's song of the day feature where our resident indie music writer and former DJ Shaun Cordingley features a song every weekday that he feels you need to hear. If you enjoy the track, please share it, so we can keep on talking about great new music!
The Prime - Strange Hellos
"The Prime" by Norwegian indie power pop/rock band Strange Hellos is one of those songs that as soon as I stumbled across it the first time (and I mean, stumble across--it literally popped onto my speakers as a random shuffle), I knew that I had to talk about it.
Check the track out below:
"The Prime" is such a cool combination of sounds, feeling both like a gritty, 1990s rock song, and a dreamy pop track--the first time I heard the song, I had so many different things pop into my head-- they remind me of so much of what I spent my high school days listening to, that it kind of boggles my mind. I think particularly fans of 90s-blend revival, or even bands like Garbage need to give Strange Hellos a listen. The guitar in "The Prime" is amazing, but at it's heart, it's the vocals, both the rock-yell, and Birgitta Alida Hole's retro, power pop verses that drive the track home.
Do not be surprised if "The Prime" makes an appearance on my best of the year lists come January...
If you did "The Prime", your really owe it to yourself to check out their album Chromatic; top to bottom it is a great power pop/rock album, and is really a must listen for anyone who misses that kind of guitar heavy, hazy, yet big-sound pop that we used to get all the time in the 1990s. It is a beautifully produced collection of tracks, and Strange Hellos have a sound that really deserves to be on as many playlists, and heard by as many folks as possible. I can't even really recommend extra songs for you, because I cannot choose....just...yeah, if you liked "The Prime", pick up Chromatic.
For what feels like the first time ever, both the October 2017 Apple Music Playlist and the October '17 Spotify Playlist have every track we talked about on them.
That also, for some reason, meant that it was a list that took a little time for me to get together, but once I got the first few songs figured out (always tricky trying to nail down how to start) everything seemed to click right into place.
If you're looking for any of our past playlists, be sure to check out a Friday DSD feature, or serach for theguysfrom on either Apple Music or Spotify!
See you tomorrow for our next Daily Song Drop!