The making of Strange Diary spans four years and two states. Fein began writing and composing solo material in Champaign- Urbana, Ill. amid the dissolution of her marriage. Following the divorce, she relocated to Brooklyn, N.Y. and continued to write and record-despite lineup changes and the lonely disorientation that comes from shedding an old life and starting over. Recorded with producer Jacob Portrait (STRFKR, Unknown Mortal Orchestra), the album contains songs written before, during, and after the divorce, from both New York and Illinois. The subject of each song is an unnamed “you,” who she alternately pleads with and ees from. “These songs are 100% a diary of my life over the last four years,” says Fein.
The music balances languid, dark melodies and atmosphere with propulsive rhythms and soaring vocal lines. It’s beautiful and catchy. It’s like the sound of someone reaching the end of that dream, nding what they’ve been searching for through all the haze.