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Revisiting The Dear Hunter’s “The Color Spectrum”

Posted by Brittany Barth on 10/22 at 03:44 PM

A few years ago, I selected the “shuffle” option on my iPod and stumbled upon a song I had no recollection of ever adding to my music library. After my confusion subsided, intrigue set in. “What am I listening to?”

The name of the artist wasn’t listed, but it showed the song title: “In Cauda Venenum.”

As I listened to the song, I realized that the music I was experiencing was not only kickass, but surprising and unique. After the track concluded, I was left hungry for more of the thrilling sound I had just experienced. Who was the band responsible for the mystery track? It was none other than the Rhode Island-based indie rock band, The Dear Hunter.

Casey Crescenzo founded The Dear Hunter back in 2005 originally as a side project. Crecenzo was already involved in the experimental rock band The Receiving End Of Sirens. However his side project became a fulltime endeavor as he began to create music that didn’t correspond with the sound The Receiving End Of Sirens was known for.

Since The Dear Hunter began touring back in 2006, they have released four full length albums and three EPs. Their last studio album was released in 2011 and is known as The Color Spectrum. It is an album unlike anything you’ve ever experienced.

The album includes eleven songs, with each track corresponding to a particular color. These include black, red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet and white. Forget everything your science instructors taught you about ROYGBIV. The Dear Hunter is here to re-educate you on how they understand the color spectrum.

Think of the album as a musical mood ring: each song represents a particular color which denotes a particular feeling. This album allows for the listener to feel color, to understand for the first time how the color red might sound. The Color Spectrum provides a song for every human emotion, creating an album that is impossible not to connect to.

Filth And Squalor – Black” is the first track on the album. The song is fierce and violent and fueled by anger. The albums second track, “Deny It All - Red”, is aggressive, vivacious and commanding. It is a song that makes you feel alive. Like the second track, “But There’s Wolves? - Orange” also maintains an aggressive sound throughout but produces a song that is even louder and bolder.

She’s Always Singing” refreshes the listener, as it abandons the aggressive nature the first three tracks provide and replaces it with a sweet, pleasing sound. It is what falling in love sounds like. Green represents two songs on the album, “Things That Hide Away - Green” and “The Canopy - Green,” which in turn share a sound that is similar to one another. The songs are soft and hopeful. These are songs which put the listener at ease.

The seventh track on the album, “Trapdoor - Blue”, is calming and soothing and perhaps the most beautiful song the album possesses. Indigo corresponds with the eighth track on the album, “What Time Taught Us - Indigo”. It is the album’s most unique feature, providing an enticing and mysterious sound. “Lillian - Violet” is the ninth track on the album. It is one of the many highlights of The Color Spectrum due to the shocking, passionate nature of the sound.

The album closes with the color white. Like green, white also occupies two tracks on the album. “Home - White” and “Fall and Flee - White” both sound pure, bright, and hopeful. The final tracks of the album juxtapose what the listener experienced with the first three tracks. It is a contrast which audiences will be delighted by.

The Color Spectrum is an album that is difficult not to fall in love with. This is because audiences can appreciate how much creativity, quality and thought went into the construction of it. Each song on The Color Spectrum provides the same quality of sound that audiences have come to expect from The Dear Hunter. This album has showcased the band as one that is unique to any other, a force to be reckoned and above all, masters of their craft.

Want even more of The Color Spectrum? You can check out the “Complete Collection” on iTunes.

{name} Author: Brittany Barth
Bio: My name is Brittany Barth, an English major currently in my senior year at Penn State. I am a lover of food, John Mayer, all things nautical and cats. It has always been a dream of mine to be the lead singer of a (successful) band. After graduation, my goal is to become a Young Adult fiction novelist, but I would love to be an advice columnist prior to that. I am excited about graduation and what the future holds for me!


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