I haven’t heard anything from Adelaide band Special Patrol in aaaages! They caught my attention (and the attention of many) with the song Changing Emily.
They’ve toured with the likes of Ben Kweller, The Mountain Goats and Turin Breaks, and had plenty of air play around the nation.
They’re set to release a new album, The Stranger’s Dozen, August 14. Given the samples released (see below) it looks like these guys have hit their niche, rounding out their catchy melodies with selective instrumentation. Note the subtle string arrangement on New Year’s Eve, and the children’s choir in Right On. It’s easy to saturate your songs when including a variety of instruments, so it’s nice to see Special Patrol only using it where it really pays off. Plus it works a treat with Myles Mayo’s Okkervil River type voice.
Looks like the album is one to watch out for!