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Strangelander began as a song which became the title track of the record. It seemed only natural to let it grow into the very name of the band. I've always loved how John Zorn dealt with this issue. Several of his albums evolved into very committed recording / touring bands, i.e. Moonchild, the Dreamers, Bar Kokhba, etc.

Strangelander takes the listener into Hieronymus Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights and beyond.
There is a story here, but not one to be given away without mystery. Subtle details in the artwork will go unnoticed without investigation.

The music was written in about a week and is undeniably influenced by John Zorn's wonderful and deep Book of Angels series, as well as Taraf de Haidouks, Shakti and many others.
There were a few goals I set out to accomplish with this record:
To compose melodies that create strong feelings of well being, but stretch the melodic memory of the listener.
I wanted to create what could be called Middle-Western music; a fusion of blues, East-Indian sounds, jazz, rock, funk, Latin, klezmer, folk and avant garde.
Multiple solos occur simultaneously as in Klezmer music or old New Orleans jazz. This encourages dialogues between the musicians, listening begets listening.

The music (save voices and post production) was recorded live like any jazz-based record - the session only took three hours! The band delivered fantastic, inspired performances which are a joy to listen to.


released December 17, 2016

Aaron Gardner - tenor saxophone
Amanda Huff - voice
David Wake - piano
Jeremy Kuzniar - drums
Michael Ritter - acoustic bass
Patrick Reinholz - cello
Steve Peplin - guitar, percussion, voice, keyboards

Recorded, engineered and mixed by Kyle White at Full Moon Milwaukee
Produced by Steve Peplin with Kyle White
Art direction and photography - Steve Peplin
Original artwork by Hieronymus Bosch
and the unknown artist of the Flammarion Engraving.



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Steve Peplin is a Milwaukee based composer and guitarist. Steve teaches jazz guitar at Lawrence University and several music classes at Milwaukee Area Technical College. He holds a bachelors degree in composition from Berklee College of Music and an associates degree in music from MATC. ... more

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Track Name: Strangelander
Never was a girl that was so fair
Yellow was the colour of her hair
She would never say where she came from
But she said that she would take me there.

When I was a child, I saw her face
She was in a book from long ago
She would never say where she came from
Then one day she said,
'It's time to go with me to a place where we can be free'
And everything was everything I ever wanted everything to be.