“All in the Mind”, the first album from Berlin psychedelic troubadours The Strange Encounters, will be released by Ports of Call in 2023.
An adventurous mixture of jangly folk, blues and rock’n‘roll from the psychedelic heart of Berlin. Based on the compositions and close harmony vocals of Guido Kreutzmüller and Joe Armstrong, THE STRANGE ENCOUNTERS take you on a trip with songs shining with beauty and craftsmanship.
Founded in 2018 the band has since played numerous gigs around Germany until the pandemic ground everything to a halt. Everything? Not really. During eases in lockdown the band dug down in their own attic studio in Berlin together with producer Thomas Wosnitza to record ALL IN THE MIND, their first longplayer, which combines catchy folk-pop and bluesy rock’n’roll with psychedelic soundscapes and improvisations, to create their own distinctive sound.
Kreutzmüller and Armstrong are excellent observers, each with his own angle and background. In their lyrics they paint complex pictures, full of desire, sensitivity and self-awareness. Their stories come from a place of love as well as from the fascination for the everyday life and its characters. They tell of the big and small delusions and confusions in human relationships, as well as describing the social dislocations happening next door, looking right into the abyss of the human soul in changing times. If the album seems to fall out of time, then it‘s perfectly placed in the early 21st century. It‘s all in the mind.
As a touring band with sparkling guitars backed by a powerful rhythm section around drummer Boris Faust plus various guest musicians, the bands‘ live set provides a wide range of twists and styles, raw, mature, unpolished and cool. In the duo line-up, Kreutzmüller and Armstrong spark the flame with intimate versions of their song catalogue, stripped down to acoustic and electric guitars and piano. Be it quiet or loud, seated or dancing – The Strange Encounters are a pure joy to experience.
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