Seattle's The Local Strangers released their second full-length album Take What You Can Carry today. The 22 track double album features a unique window into The Local Strangers' world. Those that have followed Aubrey Zoli and Matt Hart's project from the earlier days likely know of the band's intimate live shows and extensive touring (over 20,000 miles at this point) as a duo. Half of the album features Zoli and Hart capturing these new Take What You Can Carry tracks in that live setting they've delicately honed. This is a wonderful aural snapshot of a band that's not only crafted their sound largely in front of audiences, but also provided many (myself included) with a model for independently taking your music on the road.
Take What You Can Carry's other half features Zoli and Hart at Jupiter Studios with their fleshed-out five piece band. These "proper" recordings offer an interesting counterpart to the stripped down live versions. Hearing the progression, layering and expanded instrumentation The Local Strangers have added is a treat. Zoli's voice soars here through the band's dynamics changes, yet her harmonies with Hart clearly demonstrate the fruits of those 20,000 miles together. If you're in Seattle, don't sleep on The Local Strangers album release party later this week. Stream "Gasoline" and see additional tour dates below.
Seattle Album Release Party:
March 7 // Columbia City Theater
w/ Vaudeville Etiquette & The Banner Days supporting
April Tour Dates - Acoustic Duo Living Room Shows April 10 // St. Paul, MN April 11 // Eau Claire, WI April 12 // Evanston, IL April 14 // Ypsilanti, MI April 15 // Bloomfield Hills MI April 16 // Columbus, OH April 17 // Pittsburgh, PA April 18 // Bethesda, MD April 19 // Richmond, VA April 20 // Raleigh, NC April 21 // Charlotte, NC April 22 // Asheville, NC April 23 // Atlanta, GA April 24 // Nashville, TN April 25 // Chicago, IL