Stream Strange Ranger Daymoon

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Since emerging from the Pacific Northwest early last year with their debut album, Rot Forever, the duo of Isaac Eiger and Fred Nixon have felt chameleonic in their approach. Each song sounds like something else, but whether they’re Strange Ranger or Sioux Falls, that adaptable nature has never gotten in the way of … More »

Strange Ranger – “Hydration Is Key”

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Portland-based Strange Ranger is a welcome force for fans of late ’90s/early ’00s sad, slow indie rock. Last month, they premiered two singles off their upcoming sophomore album, Daymoon, that substantiated any comparisons made of them to sad-indie pioneers like Death Cab For Cutie or Elliott Smith: the opening riff on “House Show” … More »

25 Great EPs From 2016

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stereogum-eps-2016In an age when major-label artists are putting out bloated albums in an effort to rack up the most streaming equivalent units, it can sometimes feel like brevity is becoming a lost art form. But that’s really not the case outside of the pop sphere, as the releases below will attest. Most of these … More »

Stereogum’s 40 Best New Bands Of 2016

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40bestNew2016We listen to a lot of music here at Stereogum — it’s sort of our job! — and every year, we attempt to codify all of that listening through lists that take stock of what’s kept us engaged throughout. There are still a few weeks until the hectic year-end list season descends, but we’ve made … More »

Stream Strange Ranger Sunbeams Through Your Head EP

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Stream Strange Ranger Sunbeams Through Your HeadOn the last track of Strange Ranger’s Sunbeams Through Your Head EP, Isaac Eiger’s voice sounds raw and hollowed-out in a way that it never did on the band’s debut album as Sioux Falls earlier this year. “Love is only as sad as life,” he strains. “I wanna know: Do you still feel honest … More »

Strange Ranger (FKA Sioux Falls) – “Sunbeams Through Your Head”

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Strange Ranger (FKA Sioux Falls) - "Sunbeams Through Your Head"Earlier this year, the band formerly known as Sioux Falls released Rot Forever, their ambitious debut album that took the past 35 years of rock and distilled it down into 73 minutes of weary introspection. This past summer, the Portland-based group announced that they were changing their name due to its problematic … More »