An experimental session in March 2013 with a group of Flamenco musicians provided the initial rhythmic premise for Stranger to Strange
r and supplied the grooves that were the basis for this song as well as "The Werewolf
" and "Stranger to Stranger
." Simon said in the album's liner notes.
"The first rhythmic premise of Stranger to Stranger
came from my enjoyment of Flamenco music, particularly hand-clapping and dancing heels on a wood floor. Jamey Haddad, percussionist in my band, knew a group of Spanish Flamenco musicians living in Boston, and we brought them down to New York for an experimental session. Two clappers, one dancer, a cahon player, and Jamey on frame drum, put down the grooves that were the basis for four songs on the album."