The Dear Hunter – An Escape - Single
Record Label: Equal Vision Records
Release Date: March 5th 2013
RI indie outfit The Dear Hunter is not a band that I’m all too familiar with; in 2011, I was introduced to them through their last record The Color Spectrum, which I actually quite enjoyed, but have not listened to in years. So, when I found out the band released a new single from upcoming Migrant, I was VERY excited to listen to it. I decided to download the track on iTunes, because I knew I would enjoy it quite a bit. Well, I was right, because I do enjoy it. I don’t have a long backstory with the band, so there’s not much in terms of an anecdote, but for face value, new single “An Escape” is anything but. I certainly do not want to escape this track. While I have not listened to the band in a while, this track doesn’t disappoint, because in a way, it’s exactly what I expected – very intelligent, and rather experimental, indie-rock. Vocalist Casey Crescenzo has a fantastic voice that carries the song very well, and ultimately, it’s the best part of the track. That leads me to the one complaint I have with the track – it’s kind of repetitive. Not in a terrible way, but it doesn’t really do a whole lot in the span of 3-and-a-half minutes. It doesn’t go anywhere, per se. The instrumentation is what suffers here. It’s not that it’s awful, and in fact, the chorus is quite boisterous, but that’s the extent of where it goes. The verses are pretty good, but the song just sounds the same throughout. I kept expecting the track to build up to a crescendo, but it ultimately didn’t, and it was a bit disappointing. Regardless, though, this is a nice track, and you can’t deny that. Crescenzo’s voice is the star here, and there’s also no denying that. If this track did one thing for me, it’s that I’m excited for whatever else is on this record, because this is a nice track, but I highly doubt it will be the best one on the record.