Hutcher
Hauntpop


4.0
excellent

Review

by Mark A. USER (50 Reviews)
July 9th, 2014 | 15 replies


Release Date: 06/25/2014 | Tracklist

Review Summary: These reinterpretations take songs that people may normally scoff at and gives them life; Hutcher presents them to listeners with haunted, painful memories already attached.

I love music that carries an ethereal sound, although I really couldn't tell you why it has such a strong impact on me. The same way that a memory can always come to mind when you walk into a particular building, music can also house memories; how you felt the first time you listened to an album, what you were going through, or even what happened to be floating through your mind at that time. This is why many people that look further than what is playing on the radio, whether it be the multitude of gorgeous layers in ambient music or the harsh and unforgiving onslaught of death metal. We are all seemingly searching for music to enhance and sharpen the edges of the memories we are making. Hauntpop takes some of the less inventive music of the mainstream, slows it down, and just plain fucks with it until they all sound like completely different songs. More than that, Hutcher seems to give the vapid selections more meaning in his creepy renditions, adding a much more-you guessed it-haunting atmosphere in these tracks. What may sound like a joke on paper ends up being a very worthy endeavor, especially given the success of the EP in general.

"Someone Like You" is the release's first proper song, and additionally the best song on display, taking an undulating piano line and interspersing it with pitched-down vocal melodies that carry more reverb that you can shake a stick at. Instead of the song being reliant upon Adele's ample vocals, it is instead the hypnotic chorus that carries the song. The infamous whistling section that segues into an enjoyable acoustic guitar line in "Moves" actually allows for a welcome memorability, instead of Adam Levine's annoyingly pandering lyrics mucking up the proceedings. It's a strange concept; with so much difference between the songs on display here and the originals, you would think that it may at times be hard to recognize the tracks due to the lack of immediacy. Instead, Hutcher takes care to keep the catchy melodies of the initial songs intact, thus sealing the integrity of the songs and making them wholly unique. It also does something that may not have been the intent originally, which is to show that there are some strong songwriting ideas in the songs that dominate the airwaves today no matter how poorly structured they are. Somehow amidst all of the atmospheric noise that dominates the beginning of "New Divide", Chester Bennington's passionate vocals still stand out (and for once it is a good thing), adding in music that you would never associate with Linkin Park's music. Juxtaposing the vocals with what sounds like disturbed elevator music should come across as a demented idea, but this is one of the best songs on this release.

Ultimately Hauntpop is a great idea that is delivered on in the best way imaginable. While it may not appeal to everyone, there is an interesting dichotomy present here in that there are both catchy melodies and multi-layered ambient soundscapes present. These reinterpretations take songs that people may normally scoff at and gives them life; Hutcher presents them to listeners with haunted, painful memories already attached.



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thelastsignal
July 8th 2014


1368 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

This is for AnimalsAsSummit's project, so check it out and give it some love!

http://hutcher.bandcamp.com/album/hauntpop-ep



thelastsignal
July 8th 2014


1368 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Also, a shorter review than normal, so let me know how it worked out.

Judio!
Contributing Reviewer
July 9th 2014


5805 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Nice review Mark, have a pos.

Animals's Lady Gaga cover makes me want to ask for his hand in marriage, so damn sexy.

Digging: Moonsorrow - V: Havitetty

thelastsignal
July 9th 2014


1368 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Thanks man! Agreed, that one is pretty awesome. The whole album threw me for a loop, I love it.

AnimalsAsSummit
July 9th 2014


740 Comments


im humbled, man. this was wonderful description and an intriguing interpretation! im so glad these songs could get you to a spacey and emotional place. my goal in a nutshell. )

Digging: Bolzer - Soma

thelastsignal
July 9th 2014


1368 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

No worries, Animals! I'm glad you liked the review, it is definitely something that I will continue to listen to; such an interesting concept.

ExplosiveOranges
July 9th 2014


2618 Comments


Never knew that Sputnik had so many great user-made albums on Bandcamp. Have a pos, mate.

Digging: YOB - Clearing The Path To Ascend

CaptainDooRight
July 9th 2014


29131 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Nice just saw this. Great stuff!

Digging: Kangding Ray - Solens Arc

thelastsignal
July 9th 2014


1368 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Oh look, two of the sexiest users just commented on my review. Thanks dudes!

CaptainDooRight
July 9th 2014


29131 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

haha thanks man, not so bad yourself, have a pos

AnimalsAsSummit
July 9th 2014


740 Comments


i am so glad you guys found it interesting. initially i was going to create more electronic sounding interpretations using mostly adele songs, but after i spent some time messing around with the old recording mics in my dads basement and toying with atmosphere, i decided to rest on this more organic feel. glad i did

thelastsignal
July 9th 2014


1368 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Yeah, it definitely has a more nostalgic, wayward feel to it because of the route you took creating it. Is your other stuff similar, Animals?

AnimalsAsSummit
July 9th 2014


740 Comments


the other releases for hutcher are a bit more upbeat and trip-hop influenced than this, but more or less have an atmosphere one could definitely call 'nostalgic' (dreams and memories influence nearly all of my music in some way). the closest thing ive released to this in terms of having a wide-open and spacey kind of sound is probably the king green full length, ooba yung mot, which is my other (and more primary) musical project.

thelastsignal
July 9th 2014


1368 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0 | Sound Off

Awesome, man. Love trip-hop, and love the nostalgic feel of what I heard here. I'm excited to hear the rest of your stuff.

AnimalsAsSummit
July 9th 2014


740 Comments


sweet! i hope you find joy in your search through my music stuffs



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