Burnside Album Details

Shrouded Strangers, Lost Forever

Formed some time ago in Harrisonburg, Virginia, but persistently sidetracked by other projects after they re-located to Washington DC (first as sociopathic proto-punks and Arena Rock recording artists the Carlsonics, and then as incandescent psych-folkies Nethers), The Shrouded Strangers continue to be Lost Forever. Their third album, recorded in a cabin in the woods of Guerneville, California, finds the boys doing what they do best: sweating around an 8-track machine and dropping white noise atop sputtering Camaro/Casio freak-outs ("Featherbed"), sea shanties about botched mutinies ("Black Tie White Atlas Shrugged"), discomforting childhood hallucinations ("(Don't Look at the) Pink Lighting"), and fuzzed-out hillbilly stomps ("Oilheart.") It's a strange, consistently damaged, and very-occasionally beautiful collection of disembodied pop tunes and psych-sing-a-longs in which all the characters involved all seem a bit bewildered. "Excellently weird."-Thom Monahan (producer, Pernice Brothers, Vetiver)