Reviews

Hunter Jones – Declining State

Screen shot 2015-08-17 at 07.54.18With Mac DeMarco’s glorious mind still very fresh in all of our memories, it’s good to see that there are other musicians out there taking a leaf from his book and taking their foot off the accelerator for a few minutes and indulging in some calming guitar inter-play that’ll have your head in a spin. That’s exactly the sort of aural beauty that can be found on Hunter Jones‘s new album Subruban Slang.

This track in particular stands out, to my ears at least, as your mind is fuelled by a little over two minutes of instrumental sounds that are as soothing as they are intriguing. While some of the guitar sounds leave you with an overwhelming sense of calm, the rhythm section in support can keep your feet from ever feeling like they’re stood on solid ground. There’s a certain uncertainty which runs through this brief aural journey and the unfamiliarity of our ears with such a laid back approach means that Mr Jones is able to have his way with our ears whether or not we’ve actually managed to work out what’s going on.

If you’re looking for something a little different to entertain you today, this might just be what you need.

Ciaran Steward

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