We Are Strangers is a new project from Josh Kramon, an accomplished TV composer who has written scores for The CW’s iZombie and Veronica Mars, Fox’s Lethal Weapon, Starz’ Party Down and ABC’s Forever, among others.
Kramon started We Are Strangers after a series of life-altering events, including a separation from his wife of 18 years and a stint in rehab for a methamphetamine addiction, which directly led to “Thirty Days,” a song that can be heard in the CW show iZombie.
We Are Strangers combines Kramon’s roots in ‘70s and ‘80s rock with the more electronic edge he brings to his TV scores. His latest slate of six tracks were co-produced with Luke Adams, a multi-instrumentalist who has recorded and toured with dozens of artists such as Pete Yorn, Jacob Dylan, Priscilla Ahn and Brandon Flowers (The Killers).
Each track is an atmospheric, cinematic short story that exists on its own, but could also fit into a dramatic scene or an end credit. “Beaches,” with its McCartney-esque bass and slow build, employs California’s unique geography — the mountains, hillsides and the Valley — as a metaphor for getting out of our own heads, the feeling of being trapped and unable to move.
Karmon is a L.A. native who attended the prestigious USC Thornton School of Music, where he majored in composition, orchestral and electronic music. He was signed to Interscope in the ‘90s with his band The Imposters and played with The Kays (with female vocalist Chauncey Jacks) before starting We Are Strangers.