The Dear Hunter
The Indigo Child


3.2
good

Review

by Raul Stanciu STAFF
October 25th, 2021 | 34 replies


Release Date: 10/22/2021 | Tracklist

Review Summary: A slow start...

The Dear Hunter have spent their time lately developing a brand new saga that officially began this month with The Indigo Child. Much to the disappointment of fans, Act VI has been postponed indefinitely or until front man Casey Crescenzo is pleased with the resulting material. So, this prologue sees the group taking their sound into a futuristic direction, but with familiar undertones. While very little information was divulged so far regarding the background of this new story or future releases, this bite-sized adventure out now features mostly instrumental, cinematic ditties. As expected, the title track is the focal point, sharing this swinging, prog pop groove, complete with warm croons and various twists. The guys bring together elegant guitar leads, playful synths and percussion to create this exotic vibe. The sudden break into the blissful coda is perhaps the best minute this EP offers. It’s like a cozy walk into the sunset. The reprise displays a more introspective spin on the main theme, including more prevalent orchestral elements. Again, during the last minute, things switch drastically, kicking into a lovely segment with a smooth bass melody and catchy vocals. Given this strong start, it’s disappointing to find out that this is the only well-rounded composition here.

The remaining numbers are mostly ambient experiments that work best as the soundtrack to the Star Wars-meets-Dune short film Casey Crescenzo & Team presented as a companion to this release. ‘Prayer | Uncle Boot | Breach’ contains thrilling sound scapes, as well as soothing keyboards. Same goes for ‘To Your Cycle’ & ‘Your Reward Is Not Tax Exempt’. The retro futuristic synths build up nicely, however, everything is abruptly cut before it can take off. They would have made for intriguing starts to more complex tracks. Nevertheless, The Dear Hunter are ready for a new chapter in their discography and I hope they prepared us a story just as ample and labyrinthine as the Acts. It might be a slower start, but the band have repeatedly demonstrated their strengths. I am sure things are only getting better from here.



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Lasssie
October 25th 2021


1362 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

The Boring Child

SteakByrnes
October 25th 2021


25969 Comments


wait what is this

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insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
October 25th 2021


5602 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

Decent EP, but I'm stoked to hear more. A thread to rant about it



Stream here - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9ygRQe8BLhE&list=OLAK5uy_ngAXzL4rRYoqEFxGrUeRKFXjGXErjydi0



Watch 'The Indigo Child: Prologue: Cycle 8' - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KnnDwcOVkHE

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SteakByrnes
October 25th 2021


25969 Comments


I feel like I knew this was coming out but I just completely forgot about it, gonna give it a spin soon

Lasssie
October 25th 2021


1362 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

give it a spin and youll forget it even more unfortunately

SteakByrnes
October 25th 2021


25969 Comments


When do we get The Bear Hunter

gordodustin
October 25th 2021


393 Comments


This EP didn't need to happen honestly.

insomniac15
Staff Reviewer
October 25th 2021


5602 Comments

Album Rating: 3.2

It's alright.

Sowing
Moderator
October 25th 2021


40051 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

Didn't know this was out. Huge fan of the band but I don't picture myself liking an ambient/soundtrack EP. My expectations are low, so hopefully they can top them!

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Feather
October 25th 2021


7734 Comments


this was eh. I am gunna watch the film though and see if I think differently.

Toondude10
October 25th 2021


14766 Comments


supposedly this is like some sort of soundtrack to a short film that Casey's doing, at least that's what I think is happening here.

Sowing
Moderator
October 25th 2021


40051 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

God that sounds awful

Odal
October 25th 2021


653 Comments


Title track rules and even the reprise is nice, but this is definitely a case where I wish Casey would just dial back the absurd ambitions a bit because this could have been a really solid EP, if not album if they fleshed out the music more and made some Dear Hunter songs instead of a soundtrack.

Feather
October 26th 2021


7734 Comments


The prologue episode was actually kinda interesting. If any of you have ever watched Love Death and Robots it felt like that. A bunch of interesting sci-fi shorts

GreyShadow
October 26th 2021


5552 Comments


the actual songs were good, but I just don't care to listen to an ambient soundtrack by these guys -.-

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JohnnyoftheWell
Staff Reviewer
October 26th 2021


44346 Comments


"supposedly this is like some sort of soundtrack to a short film that Casey's doing, at least that's what I think is happening here."

"God that sounds awful"

sowing what did poor trooper Toondude10 do to elicit this level of sarcastic backhand this is a warzone?

also misread the summary as a slow shart and was thinking mmmm that's how it's done for a sec, ehhh can it be edited now plzplz

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MyMentality
October 26th 2021


266 Comments


I refuse to rate this. The 'main' tracks are obviously great but the rest of it is a load of soundscapes. I'd barely call it an EP to be honest.

furpa
October 26th 2021


568 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5 | Sound Off

Yeah I dunno, kinda viewing this project as more of a trailer for what's to come, an introduction. Feels weird to treat it like a big official release in the TDH cannon.

Loving the first two tracks though, I'm into the vibe if that's the way they go with the next LP (which is supposed to be out spring 2022 apparently).

Tundra
October 26th 2021


6853 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5 | Sound Off

I have no idea what to think about this so 2.5 it is

Evangelancer
October 27th 2021


30 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I never thought TDH would release something where I'd listen to it once and feel like I didn't need to revisit it again.



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