Wednesday, May 22, 2013

The Dear Hunter - Migrant


Track Listing:
1. Bring You Down
3. Shame
7. Girl
8. Cycles
10. Let Go

The album is available to listen for free on which is why all songs link back to
the same article. [EDIT] Since finishing this post, has removed most of the album.
Therefore, I suggest you listen to the album using Spotify.

Try The Calamari brings you another review of The Dear Hunter with the release of their first ever nonconceptual album Migrant (I ordered the deluxe package because I'm a nerd. Also, because the band is phenomenal). Casey Crescenzo with his familar orchestral and theatrical sound that massages the sound holes.

The album begins with a track that gently lures the listener into the album through soothing strings and steady keys. Bring You Down soon introduces Casey's vocals and an explosion of horns. The song is quite deceiving as it starts with a somewhat bleak aura and transitions into an uplifting, encouraging harmony.

Whisper starts off quite jaunty with a very fast-paced tempo. This track uses a vast combination of instruments which makes for boisterous adventure. However, the following song Shame takes the pace down a notch by introducing a parlor type atmosphere. The violin, piano, and conservative snare carries the track for a time before a subtle orchestral sound rings forth later.

Next, An Escape brings back the accelerating tempo and showcases another uplifting song.
Girl starts with a grungy and repetitive guitar and drum beat, but at around 0:45, the song breaks into a more polished sound. What's truly interesting about this song is that it features Casey's sister Azia in the background vocals. The track closes out powerfully with Casey's familiar style of shouts and explosion of intruments. My only complaint about this song is that it's too short (Otherwise, it rivals the sound of an angel beat boxing into a harmonica... which I assume would be a particularly pleasant sound).

Cycles is a soothing rhyme with easy vocals. The verying tempos work with one another to create a wavering melody that is quite serene. The Vicious Place also has a similar vibe to the song. What makes this song unique is the subtle piano breakdown that hovers over a void of silence. And finally, finishing off the album is Don't Look Back. This song is somehwat repetative in lyrics, but the instrumentals are more than enough to make up for the simplicity.

Sorry for my absense and the half-assedness of this review, but this post has been sitting half-done in my draft box for weeks, so I figured I'd get it over with. To conclude this review, I strongly suggest that you give this album a listen. I'm not only saying that because these guys are my favorite band but because this album is brilliantly orchestrated and wonderfully directed.

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