Huunter

Despite the Scandinavian expectation by the spelling, Huunter, is a solo project by Luke Bourne from New York in The USA.

Huunter - alt rock from the USA

Huunter

For the second time in a few days I find myself writing a review of a band who is releasing material on a track by track basis, on this occasion Huunter is releasing a nine track release over nine months.

With the profundity of the underlying Bass it will come as no surprise that I find this magnetic. Huunter is able to layer in a range of instruments to create the atmosphere of the sounds which billow around the room, echoing like long lost ghosts shackled in the neither-world, with a vocal that suits the mood.


Lloyd draws the listener into the music with an intoxicating mix of vocal and instrumental combinations which weave threads around ears keeping them finely tuned to the experiences on offer. There is no doubt this is creativity and exposition of the highest order.

Sadly I feel this is potentially all we will ever hear of Huunter as it has taken two years to complete the tracks and another nine months to get to hear them all. I am not sure if it is insecurity or just pursuit of perfection that leads to this drawn out process. My preference would be for Lloyd Bourne to let go a little and allow us to hear more of the creativity more frequently as the plugged in versions are sublime to the ears and I am not convinced that the acoustic versions which accompany each release add much, if any, value but then I never have been a fan of the remix and you may feel differently.

Which ever way it turns out, my thoughts, catch the music by Huunter while you can.

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Strangefruit

Strangefruit – Jenny Maxwell (vocals / violin), Jamie Perrett (guitar / vocals), Peter Perrett (bass) and Dave Shaw (drums) – is an alt rock band from London in England.

Strangefruit - alt rock from England

Strangefruit

Instantly, on hitting play, the observer is lifted on a blanket of sounds and from being part of the audience, becomes part of the experience. A melting-pot of melliferous mellifluent mellow music wraps the listener in a gauze from which there is no desire to escape as Strangefruit take over the thought processes.

There is much to highlight in the experience of spending time with the quartet, of most significance is the consummate ease with which they mix together global influences and styles to generate an atmosphere in to which there is a natural grace to the output. Without wishing to play-down other parts of the band, the crowning glory is with no doubt the mesmeric vocal, which works due to the abilities of the songwriters to wrest the best out of the vocal / instrumental combinations to provide for material of the highest order.

A recent release – the debut EP – Between The Earth and Sea should see the outfit gaining higher visibility, though I have a feeling more will be made of the who they sound like and where the music would fit rather than acknowledging Strangefruit is a superb band in their own right.

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Magic Bones

Magic Bones from Melbourne in Australia is Dylan Thorpe (Vocals / Drums /Guitar), Kiri O’Connor (Vocals / Guitar), Richard Bowers (Guitar / Drums / Vocals) and Michael Hales (Bass) an alt rock band.

Magic Bones is an alt rock band from Australia.

Magic Bones

The music meanders across the room in a shimmer of colours as the dreamy, psychotropic nuances of Magic Bones settle on the cortex. The easy nature of the material rumbles into the soul of the listener taking over thought and heart beat in a conundrum of layers which unfurl as verisimilitude shapes formed by sounds.

Well crafted tracks deliver much to the listener as they play with the brain and when music has the power to shift and form moods, then you know you are listening to something which has a heart and soul. What is equally impressive is how they are able to define those images within what are relatively brief pieces of work not over extending their welcome.

The delightful bass / drum combination set a tempo which provide the tracks with a well formed spine, around which floating guitar is permitted to express the emotional journey, which is interspersed by vocal that fits as part of the overall compositions, rather than a core focus and all the textures come together in an extraordinarily well painted canvass that also permits the mind to travel to its own point of interest.

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