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Melatonin Doomsday Blues

by Strange Magic

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Charlie Moonbeam A sure-footed indie rock effort from Strange Magic, feels like a sound world orbiting in the Tweedyverse Favorite track: Master Blaster.
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mikijourdan I'd love to scan Javier's record collection to see if he was influenced by what I hear. Aside from a near-cover of VU's I'm Waiting For My Man (No Heaven for Betsy), there's some Armed Forces-era Elvis Costello (White Flag), Richard Swift (Master Blaster), Wilco (title track), plus a bunch of other gorgeous, left-of-center, lightly produced, guitar-centered pop. Favorite track: White Flag.
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pie_museum Always love it when you listen to an album for the first few times and the songs already feel like old friends. Favorite track: Melatonin Doomsday Blues.
Eric Renz-Whitmore
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Eric Renz-Whitmore It’s so good. I find I discover new bits, faves and potential influences each time I listen, but then I just sit back and really enjoy.
Special props today to the Serge Gainsbourg-esque “Amuse Bouche” but as I listen for a ‘favorite song’ it seems that it’s always the one that I’m listening to now! Favorite track: All Is Not Lost.
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White Flag 02:22
Amuse Bouche 00:56


Like many albums, Melatonin Doomsday Blues is about its own particular time and place. It's a comment on the abuse of power, wealth, tribalism, nationalism, food, home, family, connection, and hope. I was trying my best to write and record simple songs and tried hard to avoid my tendency to be too clever, with varying levels of success. I'm not sure how cohesive these songs are in relation to one another, I think it flows well and I'm a sucker for variety anyway. I wrote and recorded this in my living room and kitchen table using Garageband if that means anything to you. Hope you are well here in the blistering sun of 2020. Today is July 17th. Yesterday was my birthday!

Proceeds of this album will be going to The Navajo Nation COVID-19 Fund.


released July 17, 2020

Written, Recorded, and Performed by Javier Romero
@ Valhalla Manor in the Fall/Winter 2019

Additional vocals on Amuse Bouche
Performed by Susie Smith & Astrid Romero

Mixed by Javier Romero in Spring 2020

Mastered by William Riley Phillips IV @ Greystone Zürich


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