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If you pick up this weeks copy of Rave Magazine in Australia you’ll get to read another neat review for the new album “Thoughts that move”. Thank you Rave Magazine and Andrea Lam.
Rave Magazine Review
A record put out in 28 days that far exceeds 10 years of output from 28 Days
Hunz’s Thoughts That Move was constructed in 28 days for the RPM challenge (a call-out to bands to partake in a sort-of Ready Steady Cook equivalent of record making – Ready Steady Rock!). Thoughts That Move comprises 10 songs showcasing sparkly synths, glitchy beats and Hunz’s melancholy multitracked voice. The opener, It’s So Light, slaps me onto the dancefl oor – denying expectations of an intimate exposure to Hunz’s inner sanctum, in favour for beats and bass. The driving beats continue with Soon, Soon – a pop song guaranteed to make the cool kids dance (and self-consciously interpretative dance in the breakdowns).
Hunz has produced an album which glitters like a subdued ecstasy high. While I found the synth ornamentation a little over-the-top, and savoured the restraint of Enough To Make You Smile, Hunz could not have chosen a better title for this album. Thoughts That Move feels like experiencing the heady rhythm and ecstasy of the dancefloor through a filter of someone else’s thoughts. It doesn’t quite meet the expectations of a full album but given the time frame, Hunz promises treasures in the future.
Read the whole thing here
It is an honor to be accepted into Big Sound 2009 this year. For those that are from other places around the globe Big Sound is similar too SXSW. A lot of show cases and industry people come to this event in the hope to discover some fresh sound and learn more about how they can be better at what they do.
Be sure to not do anything but soak in the music during Sept 9 – 11. It is going to be awesome!
One of my favorite reviews . It makes me feel like I’ve just started growing and where I end up is part of the musical journey we are all on. I certainly can’t wait to get there. I love how the reviewer, Cam, found “Hyperballad – Bjork” to be an influence. One of my all time favorite tunes that in times of trouble my brain always managed to sing it back. Thank you Before Hollywood for the wonderfully uplifting review.
Please thank Before Hollywood for me and leave some comments on their blog to show the love. Thanks again.
Before Hollywood Review
Hunz’ latest record, Thoughts That Move, was created as part of the annual RPM Challenge, where artists are required to create an album within the month of February. Given that pretty heavy restriction and his chosen genre of music (vaguely atmospheric electro-pop), the resulting record is quite impressive. Thoughts That Move falls into a sonic space somewhere between Thom Yorke’s Eraser and Bjork’s Post; there are moments of intensity ala the former record (and Hunz seems to be quite fond of layered falsetto vocal arrangements much like Yorke), but with a poppier, more uplifting bent that brings it closer to ‘Hyperballad’ territory. The music is filled with skittering drums beats, thick synth bass and glitchy keyboards, all of which have been sonically polished and meticulously placed – the mix of density and clarity in the recording is pretty remarkable when you consider that the album was entirely conceived and created within four weeks.
The record somehow manages to be simultaneously upbeat, forceful and reflective, emotive. The tempos are uniformly high, the mix dense and the melodies up front, while little sounds darting around the edges and periods of stillness amongst the otherwise inertia-filled music give a much needed emotional ambiguity to proceedings. On initial listen the record might seem fairly uniform in mood and quality, however over subsequent listens some songs seem to stand out more – usually this occurs when the songs mix the two moods in fairly equal measure, such as in the opening combo of ‘It’s So Light’ and ‘Soon, Soon’. The former mixes its glossy sound with a bittersweet yet uplifting chord progression, while the latter juxtaposes a driving drumbeat against walls of vocals. Another highlight is closer ‘The Commotion’.
The album does drag a fraction by the second half, and not every song hits upon a memorable melody or arrangement, but those complaints feel like nitpicks when considering the circumstances under which the record was made. I certainly can’t point out any tracks as being poor as such, and there are definitely a couple that succeed in grabbing my attention. I’d really love to see Hunz get darker, grimier and more analog sounding on his next release, but I think that might just be my personal preferences talking. If he continues to mine this particular electronic pop vein then I imagine he’ll still produce some music well worth people’s time.
You can get a free digital version of Thoughts That Move from Hunz’ website, where you can also buy CD copies for $10.
In case you didn’t make it out to my launch. Some footage of my performance has been placed on youtube. Check it out.