If you respect or agree with anything I ever say on this site, please do yourself a favor and listen to me right now. Get their new album, The Color Spectrum The Complete Collection [+digital booklet]
After three prior releases (Act 1, 2, and 3) all progressing a single story arc that will eventually span six albums, The Dear Hunter have departed temporarily to record and release what could arguably be the most diverse and ambitious album in rock history. Over the course of nine four-song EPs, they’ve written music to correspond to nine colors in the color spectrum. Each of the EPs contains music that relates to the mood created by that color, and each one represents an entirely different genre of rock music, so no matter what style you like, there’s something there to grab and hold onto before you start to explore the rest.
Are you a Mumford and Sons, Americana-style sort of rock fan? Then start on the Green EP and move to the rest. More into 50’s-60’s pop rock? Go Yellow. The Blue EP is more Neil Young-style folksy rock. Indigo is their take on ambient electronic music. Into massive orchestra-backed rock operas? They’ve got that on the violet EP. Red is good old American hard rock a la Foo Fighters or Queens of the Stone Age. Black is reminiscent of singer Casey Crescenzo’s fantastic original band, The Receiving End of Sirens, mixing sparse electronic effects with post-emo/post-hardcore rock. And so on…
Throughout the entirety, Crescenzo’s vocal and lyrical ability is nearly unmatchable. He’s one of the true gems in the modern rock scene and the sooner people realize that, the better off the world will be.
Buy this album. For the sake of real artists making real music.
And because you’re going to absolutely love it.