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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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‘Thoughts that move’ – Renoise Forum discussion

For those of you that might be interested an open Forum has started up in which I’ll answer any questions you might have about the album I recorded in the month of February last year. For those that are doing RPM ignore this message and get back to work! :D

 

Thoughts that move Q&A

 

Brisbane’s Best Offer Free Downloads

Scenewave.com have posted links to free music in Brisbane and I have been listed. Included are some of my favorite Brisbane artists so it’s a good chance to see if you like ‘em too :D . Thanks again Scenewave for putting this list together and supporting indie bands.

 

This is the link to scenewave.com

 

Honorable Australian Album of 2009

“Who the bloody hell are they” did a wrap up of the year and “Thoughts that Move” got a honorable mention for Australian Album of 2009.

 

Who the bloody hell are they – Albums of 2009

 

It has been such an awesome year. I didn’t expect to put out an album in a month, Thanks Danielle. I also didn’t expect so many people to resonate with the album as much as they have. It certainly is what I like to call a “huzzah” moment. Huzzah!

 

So next year will see me start on a Studio album and roll out some singles from “Thoughts that move”. I also have some really interesting things happening in the new year. Wow, can I get more secretive. Just know that I’ve got a list of things planned and if I get a few of them done I’ll be happy.

 

Thanks for your support, as cliche as it is, I can’t actually do music unless you guys support it. It is such an honor to be given your support so I can continue to do this.

 

Thank you! Blessings for the new year!

 

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.

 

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.

 

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Faster Louder Album Review

Completely lost for words ver this review. Thank you Tian and FasterLouder.

 

Faster Louder Review

 

In a mere twenty-eight days, Hunz has managed to do what some bands take months or even years to accomplish, and which some only dream of. Created as part of the RPM Challenge, Thoughts That Move is a beautifully crafted collection of ten songs, which shows musicianship that far exceeds its short gestation period. The music is intricate and enigmatic, occupying that very small space where ambient, electronic, drum ‘n’ bass, and R&B overlap – a place where only a select superb few (Radiohead/Thom Yorke and Gotye spring to mind) have dared to venture.

 

The album opens with Hunz’s beautiful voice in It’s So Light, followed by Soon Soon, which employs one of the catchiest electronic drum beats since Radiohead’s Idioteque. Upbeat, R&B-infused songs, The Messenger and You Said Hello have such groovy beats and pop-tastic melodies that they are sure to make you want to bop along. These are contrasted with slower tracks like Car In The Meadow and Switch Off which have soaring vocals and Sigur-Ros-style ambience. Overall, the album is entirely cohesive (owing to its short production span) and takes the listener on a wonderful journey of catchy beats, sublime vocals and cascades of electronic noise and loops. God may have created the universe in seven days, but I think Hunz does a pretty good job with Thoughts That Move in twenty-eight.

 

You can read the whole review here : FasterLouder.com

 

The Day after the launch.

Had a beautiful night last night. I have everyone who came along to thank for it. THANK YOU. I couldn’t wipe the smile off my face as I ran through the new melodies. It was evident that everyone had been listening to them all week too because when I announce the names of new tracks I got cheers. I can’t fully explain the glee that brings.
 

My favorite song to play on the night was “switch off”. I love the on/off nature of the chords I play and the effort it takes to hit them on and then off. It makes it so rewarding. There is always room to get better and after talking to everyone afterward I got a sense on how I can communicate my music better with out confusion.
 

Thank you dearly : My wife, Phil, Richie, Andrew, James, the Troubadour, The Reviews, Photographers and everyone who thought they could sacrifice a Thursday night to come and watch me play.
 

People have asked how they can help. Could you pass along the hunz.bandcamp.com link to your friends? Thank you.
 

HUNZ CD LAUNCH DAY!

Hunz 28th of May @ The Troubadour
 

So if you are not doing anything tonight then you must come along to the launch of my cd. I’m feeling great and a little stressed but that goes without saying, I think :D .
 

“Who the bloody hell are they” like me.

Over the next few days I’ll draw your attention to some amazing posts that have happened since releasing the album, eeeeee. A big “thank you” to who the bloody hell are they.
 

Hunz is an electronic musician from Brisbane who recently recorded his second album in unusual circumstances – he took part in the RPM Challenge that asked over 2200 international artists to write, record, perform and produce an entire album during the month of February 2009. The fruits of that challenge have recently been made available to download for free and there’s some killer tracks on there. My favourite is ‘Soon, Soon,’ which combines industrial-inspired beats with a soaring falsetto reminiscent of Radiohead’s ‘Nude’ and harmonies that recall parts of Gotye’s last effort. Like Gotye, Hunz releases music under a one-word psuedonym (crazy, huh?) and combines elements of schizophrenic production with earnest singer-songwriter tendancies. I prefer the songs where the former wins over and enjoy the way his sweet, high voice rubs against the harsher elements of the arrangement but for those who prefer their music less glitchy and full of ‘beeps’ there’s some fairly straight-up compositions.
 

‘Soon, Soon’ is rad – especially impressive given the contracted gestation period. Kudos to Hunz.
 

who the bloody hell are they
 

Hunz welcomes Dot.ay

A small change has been made to the line up of my cd launch. We have asked local Chiptune artist Dot.ay to join us on the night. He is awesome. He uses old school gameboy’s to bring about a unique sound.
 

One geek against the world Dot.A.Y is Alex Yabsley/////////// The lo-fi sound of Dot.AY is influenced by Nintendo and the worlds Chiptune community, as well as the angst of noise and circuit bending………………….. Alex Yabsley also writes electro-acoustic sonic art, sound design for films and has various other musical projects in the works.////////// He likes cute pixelated violence and thats what he sounds like//// . . . . . . . = = = = = = = = = =
 

Hunz 28th of May @ The Troubadour