“Sans Restless Memory,” the sophomore record by David M. Cross’ musical collective Strange Rebel Frequency, takes the band’s emotive, stripped sound further down the dark and dusty road of acoustic alternative. Layers of dissonant guitar, lush ambience and Cross’ baritone poetics serve to capture the hidden heart of true Americana while both distancing Strange Rebel Frequency from and recalling contemporaries such as Wilco, Iron & Wine and Will Oldham.
Drawing comparisons to artists as diverse as Leonard Cohen, Tom Waits, Nick Cave and even Bruce Springsteen, Strange Rebel Frequency is quickly carving out a niche in the alt-country landscape and the Los Angeles underground, elevating and redefining the genre while exploring their unique vision of the American Dream.
“Sans Restless Memory” brings forward even more of the grit, heartache and melancholy reflection Cross' fans have come to love, a humbling portrait of life and love soaked in blood, tears and whiskey.
Review by SJD
David M Cross: vocals, guitars, mandolin, harmonica
Maree Camu: vocals
Jacob Strunk: bass