Monday, August 10, 2009
The Dear Hunter - Act 1: The Lake South, The River North
The Dear Hunter's debut. Layered and complex instrumentals make up the musical heart of the album, primarily in the style of progressive rock but also incorporating elements of orchestral music, blues-rock, jazz, ragtime, and ambient, sometimes several times in the space of a single song. The vocals are similarly varied, with pop-ballad sections giving way to dense harmonization that would shame a barbershop quartet.
The album is also a concept album, the first in a set of 6 telling the surreal story of the titular character The Dear Hunter.
I like this one a lot, but Act II (The second album) is better in my opinion.
RIYL: The Mars Volta, The Receiving End of Sirens, Portugal. The Man, The Sound of Animals Fighting