Lately, I’ve been looking for something different. Listening has left me a little empty as of recent. Not that i haven’t heard some great music, far from it, I think I have been looking for that “perfect album” like an addict is looking for their next fix or a teenager that has just found out what love is and wants to tell everyone they see.
Existentially, the perfect album doesn’t exist. The perfect album would be something loved the world over, across cultures and languages. Every track would be a compliment to all the others. It would stir emotions and inspire movement. So yeah, the perfect album doesn’t exist, but some can come close.
I will often get recommendations through friends from what they’re listening to. Sometimes album cover art is all it takes to get me interested and other times something will pop up on the internet and I’ll check it out. Out there in the ether, someone asked, “What’s a 10/10 album from the last 15 years by a relatively obscure artist/band?”
What an excellent question. It’s almost like someone channeled Sean Evans.
Before checking out the answers, I had a good think on what I could put down as an answer. I had a couple of albums in mind but nothing from an obscure artist. Maybe they were all too familiar to me. I racked my brain to see what I could come up with: (in no particular order)
- Kasabian 48:13
- Astronoid Air
- Girl Talk All Day
- Blue Scholars Cinemetropolis
- Babybird Bugged
- Ben Union The Light
All the albums I came up with are good from start to finish. The music is good, the pacing and track selection of the album makes you want to listen to the whole thing through again when you reach the end of the last track.
The top comment on the post was somebody who said simply “The Dear Hunter – The Color Spectrum”. I had never heard of the band or album and since it was the top comment, I thought I would check them out online. They were described as everything from industrial rock to progressive to melodic and psychedelic. Curiosity got the best of me and I thought there’s no way a band could pull off each genre like that successfully, there has to be something they suck at. I listened to a couple of preview tracks from The Color Spectrum and I decided to give the “album” a chance. I put “album” in quotes because it is really a collection of 9 EPs named after different colors ( Black, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet and White). Each one representing the tone of the music contained within.
First cut from the Black EP is “Never Forgive, Never Forget” and it starts the album in a hard and cold mood. I like it. It reminds me of the industrial sound in the mid 90s / early 2000s that would play on Top 40 radio. Before the track is over, I am surprised to feel that I don’t want to listen to the next track, I want to go back and listen to the same one again to hear if I missed anything. Intrigued to say the least. But I don’t, I want to see where this album will take me.
Even if you take out the fact that it’s a collection of 9 EPs with 4 tracks each, it’s an album that leaves you conflicted. Do you go back and listen to the great track you just heard to experience it again or let the album keep playing and let it take you on a journey. I love cleaning the house while listening to The Color Spectrum. It’s about 2 1/2 hours long and the thing that fascinates me most about it is that when you are listening to it, you know where you are in the album, you have an idea on where you will end up, but you have no idea on how you are going to get there. The transitions between tracks both musically and lyrically are seamless and makes the passage of time almost vanish completely.
In short, The Dear Hunter are a very talented group of musicians with many influences. The exciting thing about listening to any of their albums for the first time is that you know you are going to hear varied styles of music and they are going to compliment each other well, but, you have no idea on how you are going to get from Point A to Point B.
|1.||Never Forgive, Never Forget||4:41|
|2.||Filth And Squalor||4:01|
|3.||Take More Than You Need||4:30|
|1.||I Couldn't Do It Alone||3:29|
|2.||A Curse Of Cynicism||3:11|
|3.||Deny It All||3:34|
|4.||We'Ve Got A Score To Settle||3:45|
|2.||Stuck On A Wire, Out On A Fence||3:08|
|3.||A Sea Of Solid Earth||4:41|
|4.||But There's Wolves?||4:06|
|1.||She's Always Singing||2:40|
|2.||The Dead Don't Starve||4:57|
|3.||A Sua Voz||3:20|
|1.||Things That Hide Away||3:24|
|3.||Crow And Cackle||5:43|
|1.||Tripping In Triplets||3:52|
|3.||What You Said||5:04|
|4.||The Collapse Of The Great Tide Cliffs||5:33|
|1.||What Time Taught Us||4:07|
|2.||Fall And Flee||4:05|
|4.||Lost But Not All Gone||3:58|