The Strawberry Runners formed in January of this year (2013, just in case you're reading the immortal FAME archives from Year 2485 or something), which has given them just enough time to shape up a sound and style but not so much calendar that they've gotten slick or glib. Their debut CD falls straight into an uncategorizable slot that I love and have oft lamented I can't get enough of, especially since latching onto Karen Orsi's work with her husband John or otherwise in groups like Overflower, Herd of Mers, and elsewhere. The Runners' sound is definitely alt-rock but of a stripe infusing mellow prog and post-folk/rock efflorescences, maybe like a barbled-out Innocence Mission or a bedside Spires That In The Sunset Rise.
Writer-singer-guitarist Emi Knight began Strawberry Runners as a solo gig but soon found it expanding of its own, to the point that four others have slipped into the mix like heavy-lidded phantoms bringing gifts of exotica and ornamentalia along with the Romilar and Sominex. The timbre throughout the disc is somewhere between lo-fi and a purposefully engineered approximation of same that nicely matches the sleepy / gently perky / psychedelic / carefree nature of everything. There are elements of Rain Parade, Comus, the weird-folk wave, a very laid back Edie Brickell, and God only knows who else. This band is not for everyone, but, if you're one of those who dig such opuses, it's something not to be missed.
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