As the title might anticipate, STRFKR’s Being No One, Going Nowhere embraces the uncomfortable yet familiar feeling of not belonging. It takes about one second and a half for the cheerful sound of the synthesizer and Josh Hodges’ voice to plunge the listener from the comfort of their flat to a dark, metropolitan sea. STRFKR’s space disco slowly takes control of the listener’s body, now surrounded by urban strangers on a busy street at night. Fifty seconds into ‘Tape Machine’, the awkward dance moves can’t be held back anymore.
Despite the impeccable opening and the irresistible 80s vibes that permeate Being No One, Going Nowhere, halfway through the album the tracks start losing their appeal. They become slower, redundant, a bit confusing. Not much is added to the first part, although the album isn’t ruined altogether by works that could be enjoyable standalone. Especially ‘In The End’ and ‘When I’m With You’, the indisputable highlights of the second half of Being No One, Going Nowhere.
Overall, STRFKR’s new album is a reminder of how easy it can be to feel alone and a bit lost in a careless, dynamic crowd. And how it seems to be just meant to be that way, but it’s okay, after all.