Monday, 15 March 2021

Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 ‎– Strangers From The Universe (1994)

Style: Experimental, Indie Rock 
Format: CD, Vinyl, FLAC
Label: Matador

01.   My Pal The Tortoise
02.   Socket
03.   Bomber Pilot WWII
04.   Hundreds Of Years
05.   Guillotine
06.   Uranium
07.   February
08.   Pull My Pants Up Tight
09.   Cup Of Dreams
10.   The Oxenmaster
11.   The Operation
12.   The Piston And The Shaft
13.   Communication
14.   Noble Experiment

Vocals, Percussion, Guitar – Hugh Swarts
Vocals, Drums, Guitar, Keyboards, Sampler – Jay Paget
Vocals, Guitar, Mandolin – Brian Hageman
Vocals, Keyboards, Bass, Percussion – Anne Eickelberg
Vocals, Guitar, Synthesizer, Bass, Percussion, Banjo, Brass – Mark Davies
Producer – Greg Freeman, TFUL 282

The group's most subdued and melodic album yet, Strangers is ironically the Fellers' least strange album. It's also their most diverse; the goofy "My Pal the Tortoise" shares space with the genuinely disturbing "The Operation," and the genuinely catchy weirdo-pop of "Socket" and "The Piston and the Shaft." "Noble Experiment," "February," and "Cup of Dreams" explore the group's rare sentimental side, and the result is the group's most complete and listenable album.
Heather Phares / AllMusic