Strange Ranger just finished recording what technically amounts to their sophomore album, though it feels a world away from their early 2016 debut as Sioux Falls and their subsequent lineup change and Sunbeams Through Your Head, the follow-up EP under their new name. Their new album is forthcoming, but today they’re sharing two outtakes from it that were recorded at the same time: “Nobody Knows If” and “One Mississippi/Light In Through The Window” contain the same poignant emotional drive from their earlier work, seamlessly blending in the atmospheric energy from last fall’s EP. Both songs deal with the internal tensions that come with being in a relationship: the former pivots around the haunting question, “When we have kids, will we know how to love them?,” and the latter concerns itself with whether or not we’re feeling things “the right way.” And both contain the same warm melodic progressions and easygoing hooks that we’ve come to expect from the young band. Proceeds from the songs go towards the American Civil Liberties Union — you can pay-what-you-want for them here. Listen to them and check out their upcoming dates with Snow Roller below.
Tour Dates (w/ Snow Roller):
03/06 Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios (w/o Snow Roller)
03/09 Eugene, OR @ The Chapel
03/10 Santa Rosa, OR @ Hendley Hotel
03/11 Los Angeles, CA @ Non Plus Ultra
03/12 Phoenix, AZ @ Leaf House
03/13 Tuscon, AZ @ Pomoro
03/16 Austin, TX @ SXSW – The Alternative
03/17 Austin, TX @ SXSW – Jumpstart Party (w/o Snow Roller)
03/18 Austin, TX @ SXSW – Mutual Friends Records
03/19 Oklahoma City, OK @ Tenn Penn
03/21 Denver, CO @ Handy Diner
03/22 Salt Lake City, UT @ Boing House
03/23 Boise, ID @ Treefort Festival (w/o Snow Roller)
“Nobody Knows If” & “One Mississippi/Light In Through The Window” is out now.