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Monochrom Review + Album Unwrapping

Monochrom Review

Sometimes big things start quite small and after a few years when something has developed into something big it is nice to look back and think about the small blossom that it came from. It is also nice to say that you have known that big thing when it was still small. The best feeling of all, though, is to look at something small and have the impression that something big is already inside there, waiting to get out. Just don’t make the mistake of judging what is now by what might be coming in the future, because of three reasons: you might misjudge and nothing ever comes off it and then you would be disappointed. Secondly, you might misjudge and this little thing does not want to be big and then you would be disappointed. And finally, your judgement, especially when spoken out loud, might influence the development of this little thing into something it might never would have been or wanted to become. So shame on you if you do. This little thing could be anything, a book, a movie, any artform, but it is usually most openly with music albums.

How do I get to all this theoretical ramblings whose usability is probably below a knife without a grip where the blade has broken off? Because listening to “when victims fight” I suddenly had this idea in my head that if Depeche Mode would have started today instead of sevenhundred years ago, their music probably would have sounded something like that of Hunz. The modernist usage of electronic beats, synths and ingredients in connection with a perfect feeling for pop melodies and harmonies that stick in your mind is definitely comparable to that of early Depeche Mode. The overall sound of course isn’t. Hunz is onehundred percent rooted in the present plus a little in the future. There are noisy breakbeats in the back, influences by Notwist and Radiohead (do I have you nerds drooling yet?) and the setting and production is very good as well. Like the young Depeche Mode these songs are also not aimed at the stadium like later works but meant to work in small clubs and homes. The epic size may or may not come, I don’t want to predict the future for several reasons (see above.) The singing voice of Hunz aka Hans Van Vilet is somewhere between the very young Sting in nasal, high tone quality and some singer of an alternative rock band I regularly see on music television but can’t remember the name of. On “almost there” it sometimes gets a little like Justin Timberland’s falsetto.

Hunz probably never wants to strike it big. That is my guess, because he does a lot to work against becoming overly popular. Let’s not talk about the weird cover illustration, which looks to me like the rendition of a weird dream Hunz had about himself. But also doing all music by himself makes for a musical recluse who has a hard time getting his music “out there”. And taking two or more years to complete an album in solitude is not the most prolific strategy. But it has turned out great and “when victims fight” has found its place close to my cd player and in my mp3-library (not connected to the internet!) for some time now. The melodic and pop-qualities of Hunz on the other hand should enable him to the same kind of fortune that e.g. Badly Drawn Boy or Travis have experienced some years hence. The melancholy mixed with upbeat harmonies is another shared characteristic. Though what has made these two stand out is one or two popsongs so great they have become timeless classics within half a decade. This is one thing that I haven’t yet found on “when victims fight”, but probably I should take another listen, because some songs are definitely working their way up.

And then someone youtubed the opening of thier hunz album.  Very cool and I totally dig the one hand opening approuch .. lol.  You made my night!  Thank you Valet2

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