When Manchester electronic producer Andy Stott first started out in the early 2000s, he shuffled his way through house singles, minimal techno, and heavier dub. Somewhere between 2006 and 2011, he began to form a sense of musical identity; on his Passed Me By and We Stay Together EPs, he honed in on something darker than his indecisive first experiments. Stott was letting his brow hang low, casting a shadow over his hands while they worked. An inevitable gloominess began seeping into his sound, sticking to his equipment and dragging it down. On Faith in Strangers, he perfects that darkness.