Strange Pilgrim | Blue Light

Strange Pilgrim (USA), is premiering today new mesmerizing single "Blue Light" via Psychedelic Baby Mag together with an exclusive interview. The song exists in the delicate space between beauty and terror, horror and hope, tension and release....

Psychedelic Baby Mag is premiering today Strange Pilgrim's mesmerizing new single "Blue Light." The song exists in the delicate space between beauty and terror, horror and hope, tension and release. While the song contains nods to altered states of consciousness and is itself a bit of a trip, the atmospheric quality of "Blue Light" never strays too far from reality, but perhaps stretches just enough to offer a pleasant, deep diversion from the tedium of pandemic living.

Masterfully mixed by Scott McDowell (Ty Segal, The Head and the Heart, Geographer) "Blue Light" adds to Strange Pilgrim's steadily developing hatful of California-infused pop, which the band playfully describes as "heavy mellow." The bass trundles liquidly, guitars swirl and shimmer, cymbals splash, and at the center of it all, Joshua Barnhart's earthy yet ethereal vocals— a calming guide through this out-of-body track.

"Blue Light" will be officially released on all digital platforms this Friday, February 5, 2021.

Strange Pilgrim is Joshua Barnhart’s new Oakland band. Joshua first became known as the drummer of the acclaimed Bay Area band Port O’Brien on the album All We Could Do Was Sing. For three years, he toured Europe, North America, and Australia with them. Since then, he has played drums, guitar, and sang with bands including Release the Sunbird, Two Sheds, Kelly McFarling, Vetiver, Sparrows Gate, and Zeb Zaitz.

Strange Pilgrim began as a side-project duo under Joshua’s name, featuring guitarist Paul Dutton. In 2016, they recorded and released their first album, Turn Out The Light, featuring fellow Port O’Brien member, Caleb Nichols, on bass. Over the next two years, the band added drums, bass, and an additional lead guitar. They released two singles, "Dance with Me" and “Blue Eyes, ” and eventually, a solid lineup formed with Adam Nash (of Goodnight Texas), Pat Spurgeon (of Rogue Wave), Sterling Schlegel, Paul Dutton, and Taylor Belmore.

On March 6, 2020, the band released the single “Salt and Seagulls” featuring Bay Area musician Kelly McFarling on vocals. The band name Strange Pilgrim references Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s work Strange Pilgrims or Doce Cuentos Peregrinos, a book that shares the themes of wandering out of place.

On July 24, 2020, they released a second single titled "Staring at the Sky." The song is about spending time with close friends on a warm summer evening in a shared psychedelic experience.
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