ARTIST:

THE DEAR HUNTER

(UNITED STATES)
TITLE:

ACT I : THE LAKE SOUTH, THE RIVER NORTH

(2006)
LABEL:

TRIPLE CROWN

GENRE:

PROGRESSIVE ROCK

TAGS:
Concept-album, Symphonic
""The Lake South, The River North" is a remarkable first opus. The Dear Hunter already shows all the harmonic and melodic qualities which will only ask to bloom in the following acts."
ABADDON (13.01.2017)  
4/5
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The first traces of Casey Crescenzo date back to 2004 during his passage in the group The Receiving End Of Sirens. Integrated as a singer during the setting up of the album "Between the Heart and the Synapse", he shows a certain talent for composition and takes care of the guitar and the keyboards. In 2005, he composes a demo ("Dear Ms. Leading") which does not fit in the postcore style of the band. So he decided to fly on his own: The Dear Hunter project was born.

Casey starts from the recorded demo and decides to make it evolve into a hexalogy that will tell the story of a man born with the twentieth century. In 2006, Act I, "The Lake South, the River North" was released, where Crescenzo showed an amazing compositional mastery for a first album.

The basic line-up consists only of the two Crescenzo brothers, Casey on vocals, guitars, keyboards and bass and Nick on percussion. The interventions of "classical" instruments are still limited but well present, mainly some touches of brass (the fairground 'Lake South', 'The Pimp and the Priest') and bring from the start a very personal color to the opus (from the beginning with 'Battesimo des Fuoco' or 'His Hands Matched His Tongue', vocally impressive).

The sometimes crazy side and the very varied approach of the songs could sometimes make think of Mars Volta, but Casey has a much more advanced harmonic concern, which makes this "Act I" immediately endearing: 'The Inquiry of Ms. Terri' is an example of contrasts which arouse enthusiasm.

However, all is not yet perfect: the production lacks a bit of depth to express all the subtleties of the music, and Casey has since made great progress vocally, especially on the diction - here, his singing seems rather ordinary compared to what he will deliver later, but he already shows a beautiful vocal sensitivity.

Nevertheless, for a first album, this "Act I" lays foundations that many albums could envy! This relatively short opus, sometimes considered as an EP, shows melodic and harmonic dispositions which will only ask to blossom in the following acts.


More informations on http://thedearhunter.com/





TRACK LISTING:
01. Battesimo Del Fuoco - 01:56
02. The Lake South - 01:43
03. City Escape - 05:56
04. The Inquiry Of Ms. Terri - 05:56
05. 1878 - 07:02
06. The Pimp And The Priest - 06:00
07. His Hands Matched His Tongue - 06:00
08. The River North - 04:03

LINEUP:
Casey Crescenzo: Chant / Guitares / Basse / Claviers
Nick Crescenzo : Batterie
   
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