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Album Review

Hunterchild's 2014 self-titled debut album is an emotionally direct, darkly sexual mix of R&B-infused electronic pop. Featuring production from Kevin Ratterman (My Morning Jacket, Wax Fang) and showcasing lead singer Luke Aaron Jones' throaty, sanguine vocals and keyboardist/percussionist Marty Sprowles' sparse, moody arrangements, the album is an immediately arresting, unforgettable collection of songs. Born out of the 2012 breakup of the duo's previous band, Dreamers of the Ghetto (which also left Jones divorced from Dreamers keyboardist Lauren Jones), Hunterchild became the vehicle by which Jones and Sprowles could express their anger, sadness, and aching sense of loss. As Jones sings on "So Bad," "We all want something that we never had/We all want something that's both good and bad/But I've never wanted someone so bad/As bad, as I want you." Based on the duo's move from Dreamers' more buoyant, post-U2 guitar sound to the arch, internalized electronic soul that permeates all of Hunterchild's debut, the breakup clearly opened up new creative pathways and emotional themes to explore. And while Hunterchild's sound is rooted in '80s electronic synth pop, there is nothing cold or removed about the album. On the contrary, Hunterchild are informed as much by Violator-era Depeche Mode as they are by Love Deluxe-era Sade. If anything, Jones, with his bourbon-soaked croon and inclination for soul-baring honesty, borders on self-immolation rather than guarded detachment. As he sings on the heart-wrenching "Secret Messages," "I put secret little messages in my songs for you/And when I sing them my heart only feels for you." Elsewhere, on tracks like the lust-ridden "Aching" and the epic "Time Traveling Lover," Jones draws upon the even older, more organic '70s soul tradition as he lifts his vocals into a whispery falsetto over Sprowles' insistent, ringing keyboards and pulsating electronic beats. Aesthetically minimalist but emotionally generous, Hunterchild have taken their heartache and crafted a baroque, synth soul masterpiece.

Customer Reviews

So Fresh.....perfect

So tired of pop rap auto tuned to death, beiberish crap (aka - the Vanilla Ice of YouTube PopStarDum) I am so glad i checked out Band of the Day app this morning. thank you for your music. Look forward to a live performance. The review above says it all, I don't have to add a thing. I also heard the Sadeish sound, and would have said male Sade reference on a few slower tracks. Meant as a huge compliment.

Amazing

How nice to hear a songs that are relevant. New and refreshing voice. I love every single song on the album. That's very rare! Amazing voice.

Soulful and Smart

Loving the tracks very sophisticated and timeless. Deep meaningful music that will stand the test of time

Biography

Formed: 2013 in Bloomington, IN

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '10s

Indiana-based duo Hunterchild make dark, raw, and sexy R&B-influenced electronic pop music. Featuring the talents of singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Luke Aaron Jones and keyboardist/percussionist Marty Sprowles, Hunterchild formed around 2013 after the duo's previous band, Dreamers of the Ghetto, abruptly called it quits. The breakup, which also resulted in a divorce between Jones and Dreamers keyboardist Lauren Jones, planted the seeds for Hunterchild's...
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