Australian electro-pop collective Strange Talk is at long last releasing its debut album, “Cast Away,” next Tuesday (Apr. 29) on Wind-up Records, after scoring a Billboard Uncharted hit with the rollicking single “Climbing Walls” last year. Before its official release next week, you can check out the full “Cast Away” album below, exclusively on Billboard.com:
The synthesizer pile-ups and inviting vocals on “Cast Away” were mixed by Tony Hoffer (M83, Phoenix) and Eliot James (Bloc Party), after Strange Talk opened for artists like Foster The People and the Rapture on the road. Leading up to the album release, tracks from “Cast Away” were featured on “Glee,” in the film “That Awkward Moment,” and in ads for American Eagle and Billabong.
Last fall, Strange Talk frontman Stephen Docker spoke to Billboard about partnering with rock-heavy label Wind-up Records, which re-released the band’s self-titled 2011 EP last June. “The great thing about Wind-up is that they’re really trying to start branching out,” says Docker. “They’re quite a ‘rock’ label — they’ve got Creed, Evanescence. I think they’re trying to take a different path to more electronic crossover [music]. I guess you could call us the guinea pigs of that experiment, but that’s a great thing. It’s something that they’re determined to make work, and we’re determined to make it work too.”
The music video for current single “Young Hearts” will premiere on VEVO on Apr. 30, and the Chainsmokers recently released a remix of the track. Strange Talk will kick off a string of U.S. dates in support of “Cast Away” — which can be pre-ordered here — on May 12 in Los Angeles.