On Yellow Ostrich's website, songwriter Alex Schaaf says of the band's new full length The Mistress
(their last album) was a guy in a bedroom, Strange Land
is a band. In a slightly bigger room. This goes a long way in explaining Strange Land
's best moments and its limitations. Yellow Ostrich has a terrific amount of instrumental variation, using brass and woodwinds to spice up the typical rock band dynamic. Schaaf is a talented looper, expanding his voice to become another instrument of the group. But Yellow Ostrich only occupies a "slightly bigger" sound. The ten songs on Strange Land
employ different musical techniques, but don't contain much emotional variation.