Letters of Transit, the debut album from Strangers in Daylight, has been the most pleasant surprise so far this year when it comes to Columbus releases. I’ll just state what I said in a recent Other Paper review: “Letters of Transit represents a change in direction from the original spy-rock vision of Strangers, trading in trippy, Pink Floyd tunes for a hook-driven, Britpop base… Eight tracks clock in at just 26 minutes, and a few songs that end around the two-minute mark feature anthemic, gang vocals reminiscent of that Surfer Blood song “Swim,” but filtered through an apparent love of Blur.”
Above is the lead-off track for your downloading/listening pleasure. Download the full album at SiD bandcamp HQ. An official CD release is coming in June.
Strangers were also just added to this Sunday’s Rumba show with Howler, the Minnesota young bucks who share a love of brit-pop and released America Give Up a few months ago on Rough Trade. (You may have heard “Back of Your Neck” on CD102.5 recently; grab that one above, too.) For those who like to complain about late-night shows that make work-week mornings miserable (who, me?), there are no excuses for this one: This well-paired $8 double bill goes from 6-9pm at Rumba Cafe (Hoo Doo Soul Band is the late show).