SONG PICK: The Night Game – Beautiful Stranger
With “Beautiful Stranger” The Night Game releases the last single off his collection of songs that will all find a home on his upcoming album “Dog Years,” out March 5th. Behind the moniker, The Night Game is prolific songwriter, producer, and multi-instrumentalist Martin Johnson, who calls Nashville his current home. “Beautiful Stranger” immediately transports us back to the height of 80s electro-pop: the pulsating beat, the warm and powerful vocals, complete with a wistful saxophone solo. Superb! I will never get tired of listening to music with such a beautiful 80s vibe and smart production. When asked about the backstory to “Beautiful Stranger,” Johnson explains:
I struggle telling stories that aren’t my own. I hadn’t successfully finished a love song since the emo ship sunk, and was slowly sinking in the LA dating quicksand…emotionless, clinging to songs about nostalgia and regret, never about love…most certainly not promising someone they would never be alone. That person just didn’t exist for me. So I let the song sit on a hard drive half-finished for years. Co-producer Brandon Paddock and I were sitting in Burbank listening to old songs trying to catch lightning in a bottle in the 11th hour. At that time, I had caught a glimmer of hope in my personal life and had met a girl in Nashville who inspired me to pack my bags and put the house on the market. The almost 10-year streak of inability to write a love song had been broken, and Dog Years was finally complete.<
We are looking forward to listening to all 11 songs on the album in their designated order. Enjoy “Beautiful Stranger,” our Song Pick of the Day:
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