Wanting to create a soundtrack to a film that was never made, Strange Acres created a genre, Cinematica. Part electronic, part Symphonic, these songs tell dark stories dragging the listener across a world of atmospheric landscapes. Borrowing influences from the sultry and often somber vibe of downtempo trip-hop and fusing it with the slow burn of ambient soundtrack artists like Cliff Martinez & David Lynch, Strange Acres is the sonic equivalent of a surrealist film noir.
Strange Acres is Molly Grace, formerly of Sleeping Kings Of Iona and Jason Mazzariello, formerly of Vera Lena/Dollar Canon. Alongside fellow collaborators and current member of The Orphans, Ryan Besch, as well as ex-Gracer drummer Shawn Stoyle, Strange Acres have carved out a soundtrack that feels trapped somewhere between the dust of an abandoned border town and the bedroom of your lover.
The project began as a collaboration between Molly & Jason looking to create pure electronic music in the vein of trip-hop influences like Portishead to more modern upbeat synth pop such as M83 and Phantogram. A year later and with an entire record of material ready to record, Molly & Jay sat down at a session with an acoustic guitar and felt something special. A more stripped down version of themselves that crossed somewhere between the lines of Mazzy Star, Cat Power, and PJ Harvey’s more somber moments. At that point they made a mutual decision with fellow collaborator Ryan Besch to shelf the entire first batch of songs and begin again at a more organic point.
The entire record of new material was developed over the course of the next 6 months with just Molly’s vocals and Jay’s acoustic guitar. Jason then began infusing electronics over the bare bones tracks until they obtained a perfect marriage of traditional song structure and electronic flesh. In the end, the Strange Acres achieved a record full of songs that could stand on their own while embodying the perfect equation of every band member’s separate influences.