fbn 119

The Names| Stranger Than You

Factory Benelux presents Stranger Than You, the fourth studio album by acclaimed Belgian cold wave group The Names, known for their early association with Factory Records and producer Martin Hannett.
Recorded in 2014, Stranger Than You marks a conscious return to the sounds and styles explored on their debut album Swimming in 1982. "Thereís a strong element of reconnection," explains singer/songwriter (and bassist) Michel Sordinia. "Yet at the same time itís also about developing your own legitimate strangeness, just as the great Surrealist poet Rene Char invited his readers to do. A new mystery singing in your bones."
Michel and guitarist Marc Deprez are joined by new members Laurent Loddewyckx (drums) and Christophe Boulenger (keyboards and piano). Stand-out tracks include the dynamic title track, Kids On Fire and quickfire Boy With A Gun, as well as more contemplative, elegiac numbers such as Lights and My Angel Of Death.
The cover art is an original painting by long term Names associate Benoit Hennebert, celebrated for his work as design director for Les Disques du Crepuscule, with portrait photography by Peter Staessens. The double vinyl edition is housed in a deluxe gatefold sleeve and includes a free digital download code. Initial mailorder copies come with signed The Names postcard. Also available on CD (FBN 119CD).

| tracklist
A1 Stranger Than You
A2 Nowherarians
A3 Lights
A4 Life Again
B1 My Angel Of Death
B2 Kids On Fire
B3 What She Knows About The Night
B4 Hands Off Love

C1 Boy With A Gun
C2 Fear
C3 Baby You're Scary
C4 The Passengers
D1 The Days
D2 The State I'm In
D3 Dare
D4 The Mauer Is No More

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