Welsh-born and Liverpool-based singer-songwriter Strawberry Guy (Alex Stephens) has shared a new gorgeously sculpted strings version of “Mrs. Magic.”
In its original home-recorded form, “Mrs. Magic” served as Strawberry Guy’s breakthrough hit, racking up over a quarter-billion streams on the back of some serendipitous TikTok virality.
This time, recording at Peter Gabriel’s idyllic Real World Studios with Manchester’s Northern Session Collective, “Mrs. Magic (Strings Version),” sounds even more sumptuous and surreal — you can just burrow into that string sound. The trip to Real World marks a first foray into studio recording for Strawberry Guy. It is a new high-fidelity direction for the project as he begins the process of making his sophomore album.
Also available is the digital version of a full EP featuring special strings versions of “Mrs. Magic” and “F Song” alongside the original recordings. Stripped of drums and synths, the new versions expose the bones of these songs. Pared down to piano and romantic new string arrangements, the careful melodies and indrawn lyrics are brought to the fore.
Strawberry Guy recently brought these strings versions, alongside reworkings of the rest of the Strawberry catalogue, to a special performance at London’s King Place, which he will follow up with a November 10th performance at the Liverpool Philharmonic. He then returns to the U.S. for his second headline tour where he’ll be joined by a string quartet for his New York and Los Angeles shows, amidst a run that takes him to both coasts and up into Canada. Full tour dates below.
The new EP follows Strawberry Guy’s transportive and vividly-colored 2021 debut album, Sun Outside My Window. That album received praise from the likes of MOJO, Uncut, and The Line Of Best Fit.
11/29 – Brooklyn NY, Baby’s ALL Right (All Ages)
12/01 – Toronto ON, Rivoli (19+)
12/03 – Chicago IL, Schubas (All Ages)
12/04 – Los Angeles CA, Barnsdall Gallery Theatre (All Ages)
12/05 – Los Angeles CA, Barnsdall Gallery Theatre (All Ages) SOLD OUT
12/06 – San Francisco CA, Cafe Du Nord (All Ages)
12/08 – Portland OR, The Old Church (All Ages)
12/09 – Seattle WA, Woodlawn Hall (All Ages)
12/10 – Vancouver BC, Wise Hall (19+)