David Bazan, the songwriter and driving force behind indie band Pedro the Lion, built a following and sold a couple hundred-thousand albums based in large part on his extraordinary melodic sense and erudite, theologically-themed songs. After a decade helming the project, Bazan found himself dealing with a crisis of faith and a growing drinking problem. Bazan got to work exorcizing both his demons and angels, producing two incredible pieces of work under his own name in the Fewer Moving Parts EP and the 2009 full-length Curse Your Branches.
Branches is considered by many to be a legitimate masterpiece, charting Bazan's increasingly skeptical struggle with the precepts of the evangelical Christian world in which he was raised. NPR called it "an album of great music and great humanity." While Curse Your Branches is intensely personal, Strange Negotiations focuses his energies toward the external, centering on his disappointment in the current state of accelerating American and global social fragmentation.
Strange Negotiations is the first full length Bazan has recorded with a band the same band with which he toured relentlessly in support of Curse Your Branches and the joy that he, Andy Fitts (bass), and Alex Westcoat (drums) take in playing these songs is beautiful.