Strange Parts began when Attia Taylor (in NYC) sent Corey Duncan (in Seattle) a text, telling him about the time she received a giant bag of pennies from her grandmother, after riding a carousel in Strawbridge's department store on her 7th birthday. "Write me some drums about that" she said. Corey emailed her the most exuberant drum ideas he could conjure. Attia picked one, added her improvised carousel vocal melody, and sent it back. Corey mapped the contours of the melody, and created guitar textures to lift the vocals up through the clouds.
Plane tickets were immediately booked. Attia came to Seattle and the two wrote a flurry of songs in such a burst that neither of them can remember who wrote which part, or which lyric. Whether in the same room or across the country, Attia and Corey could mind-meld. The result sounded something like Billie Holiday singing over Serge Gainsbourg or The Cardigans, fitting well among Broadcast, Melody's Echo Chamber, and Cate Le Bon records.
To record their first LP which they call Oh God, What A Beautiful Time I Spent In The Wild, Attia and Corey met up in Philly, where they had both cut their teeth in the music scene. In Jeff Zeigler, known for his work with Kurt Vile and The War On Drugs, they found the perfect counterpoint of production to create their beat-driven psych/art pop record. The two members played all of the instruments on the record except for a few key contributions from Zeigler. Their kinetic vibes are evident throughout the record, which moves through a menagerie of sonic landscapes and grooves, with Attia and Corey's voices guiding the whole experience. The lyrics are equal parts personal and cosmic, lending the album nuanced and complex textures, which mingle perfectly with that of the music beneath.
Within a few months of completing the record, Corey moved back to Philly, and Strange Parts has now become a 3-piece, with Chris Acree on drums. The trio is currently working on new music. They are a band that represents and supports diversity, and are cultivating that in their work. In the political and cultural climate that currently exists in America and the world, Strange Parts want to create a safe space in their community and in their shows.
I found Strange Parts while cruising through some articles about interesting new Philly bands, and immediately wanted to work with them. Within a couple weeks of writing, Corey and I met up at a bar in Spring Garden and spent 6 hours talking shop and cracking jokes, and I knew this was going to be a good tape. SP has got the sort of surging energy that makes you want to move, get out of the house and run around the city. Something about the juxtaposition of Attia’s twinkly vocals and the crunchy, fuzzy drums is trance-like. Listening to their latest full length, Oh God, What a Beautiful Time I Spent in the Wild, gives me that funny feeling - have you ever felt this way? - that I would have been SO excited to have discovered this band when I was a teenager. But I’ll settle for getting to know them while in my 30s, ha!
And it’s that feeling that drove the pairing between them and Ogikubo Station, the project by Maura Weaver of Mixtapes and Mike Park of Asian Man Records, who I WAS excited about discovering when I was a teenager. This is one of T&TT’s heaviest and loudest releases, and I’m so pumped for you all to hear it.