The Dear Hunter
Orange


4.0
excellent

Review

by Caleb McAlpine USER (109 Reviews)
July 11th, 2011 | 35 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Fashioning ends of oblivion.

Just a touch of reverb and a subtle fuzzy distortion cloak the playful, opening riff of The Dear Hunter’s Orange EP. If you’re listening to The Color Spectrum chronologically, the cute little lick comes in only seconds after Red’s ‘We’ve Got a Score to Settle’s vicious romp closes shop - like a godsend to help detox the listener from the drunken anger that preceded it. It ain’t no hangover though; no, not at all. The riff that introduces the EP on ‘Echo’ is shortly thereafter accompanied by a warbling organ chord and gentle hi-hat rhythm before bursting into an off-kilter exploration of classic blues rock. It’s a world The Dear Hunter have just barely dabbled in before now, but you wouldn’t know it, would you? See, as ‘Echo’ breaks down into a quiet groove during the bridge and Nick Creszenco provides playful rim percussion to underscore more reverb’d, catchy guitar work, it simply sounds like these boys were meant for this. So, while the song goes on to build out of that groove into a straight-up rock’n’roll jam (including a complimentary guitar solo that absolutely rips) and Orange goes on to prove itself a little firecracker of energy and excitement, The Dear Hunter themselves simply seem eager to validate the fact that they really were chameleons all along. Casey Creszenco fronts a classic rock band and you really have no grounds to refute that fact - at least, not for four orange-tastic songs, you don’t.

Just like the colours red and orange are only a few hex numbers separated in the colour spectrum, their EP counterparts are similar in a few traits but worlds apart in others. The excellent energy is carried over from Red but it’s given breathing room on all the tracks, keeping a song like the riff-dominated ‘But There’s Wolves?’ from feeling claustrophobic and lending enough emotion and aural real estate for a track like the slow-burning ‘A Sea of Solid Earth’ to thrive. This ‘breathing room’ doesn’t mean a compromise of ‘awesome’ by any means though - if anything, Orange is the most fun any EP gets to be (bar perhaps Violet). No, the band indulges on walking bassline grooves, Zeppelin-inspired guitar tones, extreme pentatonic scale abuse, jaw-dropping guitar solos and the usual vocal acrobatics. Even the weakest track ‘Stuck on a Wire Out on a Fence’ gets to boast the catchiest chorus, the best guitar tones, the neatest bassline and more than a minute of an atmospheric, percussive interlude space-jam. Let me tell you, it sounds good on a resume but it sounds even better at the job interview. And Orange, while it doesn’t get to claim to be as nonchalant and stupidly happy as Yellow, sounds more excited and hopeful than it does sound like a colour. Its life support exists within the unique atmosphere it creates: it’s the feeling that precedes the beginning of something huge; the anticipation in the late spring that sets you up for a summer of bliss. Orange is laid back enough to draw outside the lines and songs like ‘Echo’ and ‘But There’s Wolves?’ work their magic because of it. Orange gets to be the little firecracker it is by being a little bundle of bluesy joy. It’s one third nostalgic 70s aping, one third Dear Hunter chameleon mocking and one third a natural extension to the band’s arsenal of sounds... or spectrum of colours, if you will.

Who doesn’t love fireworks anyways?



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Douglas
July 11th 2011


9174 Comments


It’s one third nostalgic 70s aping, one third Dear Hunter chameleon mocking and one third a natural extension to the band’s arsenal of sounds... or spectrum of colours, if you will.

if you say so!

Waior
July 11th 2011


11461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

hey there little aussie how you been

Douglas
July 11th 2011


9174 Comments


I've been alright Mr Canadian. Living the life. I met some Canadian's the other day, they told me how awesome Broken Social Scene is and how they do free shows. I like it.

How are you sir?

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
July 11th 2011


22034 Comments


Are you gonna review every EP then?

Digging: Azealia Banks - Broke With Expensive Taste

Knott-
Emeritus
July 11th 2011


10198 Comments


yellow next i actually cant wait 5/5

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
July 11th 2011


22034 Comments


Should I listen to the Acts before I listen to the EPs? Or does it not matter either way

Knott-
Emeritus
July 11th 2011


10198 Comments


dont bother

Knott-
Emeritus
July 11th 2011


10198 Comments


i mean theyre good but a) theyre unrelated and b) this is better

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
July 11th 2011


22034 Comments


okay

Phideaux
July 11th 2011


1655 Comments


This is probably is better than the acts, but they're amazing too.

Also, Good review.

greg84
Staff Reviewer
July 11th 2011


7432 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

Yeah. This is one of the strongest Color Spectrum EPs. Perhaps even my favorite.

Digging: Wildbirds & Peacedrums - Rhythm

fish.
Contributing Reviewer
July 11th 2011


22034 Comments


if you go on the soundoff pages, there's a soundoff for practically every one saying 'this is the best one'

Waior
July 11th 2011


11461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

The Acts are incredible and are probably equal to this in my opinion. I'd start with these EPs and then move backwards though. Once you've enjoyed these EPs and are looking for more, you'll have plenty to enjoy in their back catalogue.

Tyrael
July 11th 2011


20946 Comments


God. Fucking. Damned. Waior.

Digging: Azealia Banks - Broke With Expensive Taste

Waior
July 11th 2011


11461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

welcome to the fold mate

Tyrael
July 11th 2011


20946 Comments


Couldn't resist listening to this after reading your amazing review... The Color Spectrum still puts me off, oddly enough.

Waior
July 11th 2011


11461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so are you along for the journey through the individual eps? i review, you listen?

trymedude
July 11th 2011


151 Comments


failed to mention incubus influence

/neg

Waior
July 11th 2011


11461 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

i haven't heard any incubus besides their big song back in the day

you may as well neg my life

trymedude
July 11th 2011


151 Comments


/life has been negged

however

the rest is still unwritten



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