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365 albums a year review


Thank you 365 albums a year for listening and reviewing my album “Thoughts that move”


365 albums a year


. . . A full time artist may not be anything new at this day and age, but a multi-discipline artist seems to be less common at the music industry’s higher level. It is artists like Hunz that reinvigorate the undergroung music scene. That having been said, Hunz’s Thoughts That Move is a bold accomplishment for the burst of artistic expression it is.


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Drew L


Fasterlouder Review @ Club Blink

Fasterlouder Review @ Club Blink


. . . . Having recently shared his magic with the Big Sound showcase attendees, raved-about Brissie moodytronica maestro Hunz leads his powerhouse rhythm section (featuring drums prodigy Richie Young) into another riveting performance. A passionate frontman as well as a ridiculously talented singer, songwriter and sonic architect, the erstwhile Hans Van Vliet is a familiar welcome sight as he attacks both his mic and modified synth, every syllable, note and move soaked with emotion and sheer intensity. Several choice tracks from acclaimed albums When Victims Fight and this year’s marvellous Thoughts That Move get an airing, Long Road, Soon, Soon and You Said Hello all packing wistful keyboard arrangements and humungous hooks. During the second half of the show, a laptop glitch prompts the digi-soul man to skip a song from the setlist, apologise to the crowd and bow out with another spirited vocal/musical display. My post-gig recommendation to the uninitiated? If you haven’t seen Hunz yet, by all means do it – you’ll be blown away. . . .


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Denis Semchenko


A Review from last nights The Hangar show.

Usually I post the whole story here but instead I am going to post a link. This is a local Brisbane, Australia blog spot that needs our support so this is possibly the best way we can give it. It is a fantastic review that makes me blush. Thank you!


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Rave Magazine Album Review

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.


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Before Hollywood Review

One of my favorite reviews :D . 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.


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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.


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Richard Kingsmill Review

So I was told about this link today and I was completely nervous about clicking on it. This guy, Richard Kingsmill, has such great taste in music and has helped shape Australian music into the wonderful thing it is today. I’m not going to say anything :D

Richard Kingsmill Review

What a great journey we are on people. Thanks Richard.