Popstrangers want to know why you’re home so late on new single “Don’t Be Afraid”

The London-via-New Zealand group get crushed, and crushing

- Apr 25, 2014

"Country Kills" was Popstrangers reimagining golden-era Britpop as the stuff of political firebrands. "Oh my country will kill me now / but whatever": the cognitive dissonance on the hook drills deep in your cortex. "Don't Be Afraid" isn't so uniformly pretty, and thrives in the extremes of a faltering relationship: hunched, tuned-down guitar chords vocalize a desperate internal anxiety, then everything suddenly jumps into a whirling psilocybin colour wheel. You may not overthrow capitalism to it, but there's the sound of another big, painful change on the way.

Popstrangers' new album Fortuna is out May 27 via Carpark; pre-order it here.

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