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The Shrouded Strangers

Lost Forever

(izniz; US: 22 May 2012; UK: 22 May 2012)

Lost Forever marks the first release for The Shrouded Strangers after their 13 year hiatus.

The two members of The Shrouded Strangers have been through a lot over the past 13 years, both together and on their own. They’ve gone through two other bands during The Shrouded Strangers’ hiatus. Listening to The Shrouded Strangers’ 1999 debut and the recordings from the Carlsonics and Nethers, it’s easy to see where Lost Forever draws its various influences. What initially seemed off the wall now seems like nothing more than completely logical progression. Their strongest sense of folk, ambient, psychedalia, punk, and pop are all molded together here into one monstrous sound. While Lost Forever can sometimes be difficult to digest, it’s still an immensely worthwhile listen. Hopefully they won’t take another 13 years between this and their next record.

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Steven is a writer, musician, and filmmaker from Wisconsin who has spent his fair share of time in the entertainment trenches. He frequently contributes reviews and interviews to Playground Misnomer, which can be accessed here: http://www.playgroundmisnomer.com. You can follow him on Twitter: @unbusyinwi.


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