The Dear Hunter - The Color Spectrum

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Indie Pop, Progressive Rock
Triple Crown Records
The Dear Hunter
The Color Spectrum
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The Dear Hunter project are an ambitious band led by Casey Crescenzo, who by the end of their debut album, decided they will create a modern music epic spanning six albums about the birth and death of a boy. While the albums lend themselves to this concept, the Color Spectrum EPs are entirely different all together. They instead, via music, portray the main colors of the spectrum. Those are as follows: Black, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet and White. The 11-track collection (many tracks excluded from the complete collection) progress just as they should - highly-sleek production with lyrical passion to classical elements melded with acoustic arrangements. Just as the dominate colors that invoke excitement like red and orange, the palette expands to soft orchestral movements.

The Color Spectrum is an easily digestible album because all the pieces present themselves effortlessly to the listener. From Black to White each dominate, some secondary colors, sound as though they should be interpreted. Though some may lack in their extremes, The Dear Hunter never fall off or step too far from what each color demands. “Filth and Squalor” (Black), in its heavy electronic production, along with lyrical approach definitely provides the color its stereotypical villainous tag. The pessimistic lyrical content intertwined with the cold aesthetic of electronic would seem to be the extreme form of sinister the band will go. It is a far cry from the folksy “Fall and Flee” (White). Once “She’s Always Singing” (Yellow) kicks in the changing of the guard is in order. The chorus hits and you the album shifts from a far less cynical sense to an uplifting, cheerful side.

As each entry of the selected colors by the band ends, the progressive soft-tone nature envelops by album’s conclusion. The first few tracks are marked with dark tones to passionate vocal and instrumental intensity, eventually winded down to orchestral and folksy pop elements. The variety of the EP collection isn’t something to be astonished by, but they’ve fit the elements of music with each color appropriately. When all is said and done, The Dear Hunter have accomplished such, just as Thrice’s Alchelmy Index albums used elements for inspiration, they’ve found the right set of colors for the musicianship in each track. It could be said that The Color Spectrum is somewhat of an appetizer for the entire collection. From the looks of things, it very well may be worth checking the rest of collection.

1. Filth and Squalor
2. Deny it All
3. But There's Wolves?
4. She's Always Singing
5. Things that Hide Away
6. The Canopy
7. Trapdoor
8. What Time Taught Us
9. Lillian
10. Home
11. Fall and Free

The Dear Hunter is the full-time progressive rock project of Casey Crescenzo, formerly of post-hardcore band The Receiving End of Sirens. The band got its name from the lead character of the story that he wrote to go along with the music. The sound is unlike that of Casey's former band, with musical roots deep-set in the progressive rock genre and utilizing a wider variety of instrumentation.

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