Maudlin Strangers is Jake Hays, a Southern California-based multi-instrumentalist that reminds us what a prime cut of rock & roll can sound like. His newest EP, Overdose is available for free download because your economic mobility is important. You can download the whole thing on their Bandcamp.
It’s worth listening to all 6 songs to get a feel for the diverse moods that Hays can work in, from sultry rock lounge music to dreamy U2-like affirmations. The lead single, “Penny” is a slide guitar crooner that is at once mellow and afflicted. It can only be rock music, and that’s getting increasingly rare in the continued splintering and cross-pollination of music culture.