Hailing from the Bay Area, Strange Culprits are an act embracing aspects of classic soul, pop, punk, honky-tonk, folk, and baroque-pop. Clearly, you can expect an eclectic sound throughout their self-titled debut album, released on June 8th. “When You’re Away” is an album standout, featuring husky and melancholic vocals over a rhythmic guitar line. “You make me matter, you pay no mind to what they said,” Jason Buckingham sings. It’s an emotionally genuine effort with a suave and yearning melodic spur by the guitars and vocals. The track’s hook is minimalist, emphasizing the repeating guitar progression, though it works well.
Stream the rest of the album on Spotify here.