In this corner, ethereal and most proper, wide-eyed and ebullient, a pirouetting pixie. On the other side, the shadows; contemplative and dark, a pensive, introspective gentleman encroaches on the light. At the hours strange, the two of them will meet.
In 2016, these unlikeliest of partners happened upon a night of bad whiskey at a good dive. Who knows what Jette Kelly and Charlie T discussed that night? But it mattered enough they met the next night, too — and this time on purpose, this time at a music studio — and they took a few risks, upgraded the malt, and agreed to call themselves the Hours Strange.
The following years found them in Buenos Aires, Brooklyn, Miami and Shanghai, writing music for scenes they never filmed and turning scripts into lyrics. Says Jette, “We sound like every conversation we’ve ever had about love, sex, obsession, absence and art.” They worked with Grammy award-winning producers they admired — Didi Gutman (Bebel Gilberto, Brazilian Girls), Tweety Gonzales (Los Fabulosos Cadillacs, Shakira) — and zeroed in on a sound that can be as particular as their influences. Says Charlie, “Wong Kar-Wai, Jim Jarmush, David Lynch… We want to sound the way their movies feel."
Strangers, their second EP, will be released in December and was produced in Mexico City by Leitvox. Jette and Leitvox initially collaborated on the film Pale Love, after which the Hours Strange was engaged by his clean, aesthetic sound and love of subtle details. Strangers contains three tracks that touch on the paradox of gregarious loneliness, the irreversibility of life's biggest choices, and the scars that wanting bestows.
The Hours Strange is the pop-noir electronica duo comprised of singer Jette Kelly and bassist-composer Charlie T. Their music spins out of the countless, passionate conversations the two have on books, film, photography and — of course — other people’s songs. Current muses include Massive Attack, Peter Greenaway, Tom Waits, Haruki Murakami, Yasmine Hamdan, and Gregory Crewdson, halfway down a bottle of Dalmore.
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