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When The Strange Blue Dreams launched their stunner of an album late in 2017, we sat back and waited to see what the critics would say about a band from Glasgow that AmericanaUK said was making "a unique and compelling new sound that re-imagines the roots of rock n' roll.” And, boy oh boy did those reviewers have fun getting down to the nitty gritty...

"Joining the dots between surf rock, Jacques Brel, doo-wop and beyond," said BBC Introducing, following their performance on Quay Sessions. "They sound like the band that time scandalously forgot," declared The Daily Express, while AmericanRootsUK said they were "incredible - unique.” Medicine Music reported that the record combined "menacing surf-noir with skiffling eastern rock n' roll from a parallel universe."

United by a love of old time high fidelity 20th Century pop that ranges from high school Doo-Wop to Dixieland and Tin Pan Alley, the band's sound centres around an admiration for a range of tunesmiths and song-writers from Ennio Morricone to Roy Orbison. Defined by soaring vocal harmonies, dance beats and the rhythm sections of RCA and the other great record labels of the ‘50s, the songs of singer and guitarist Dave Addison are brought to life by in-the-same-zone arrangements from his superlative musical sidekicks. Unafraid to take things to an almost Joe Meek-like level, they create an otherworldly pop music that crackles with a rock n' roll bop and highly polished lounge lizard veneer.

Meanwhile, the media continues to attempt to assess these smile-inducing entertainers…"Gloriously retro but timeless too," trumpeted The Sun while BBC Another Country presenter Ricky Ross told listeners they were "one of my favourite new bands," and brought them into the studio for a live session.

Top music scribe Paul Kerr said they possessed "a magnificent sense of cool" at his popular Blabber & Smoke blog, while another respected online reviewer, The Rocking Magpie, said it was simply "bloody amazing from start to finish."
Maverick magazine told readers: "Everything here hits the spot."

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