Release Date: Apr 2, 2013
Record label: Equal Vision
Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Indie Rock
These days, quality and true artistry are often indirectly proportional to popularity. In other words, the vast majority of today’s most unique and important music is being shaped by artists who’ve yet to reach the level of success and notoriety they deserve. Such is the case of the Dear Hunter, a band whose experimental mixture of indie rock, progressive rock, classical, and folk provides the perfect vehicle for highly idiosyncratic songwriting and storytelling.
For most bands, a concept album is usually a departure, offering the artist a chance to really explore one idea to its fullest in a controlled ecosystem. For Casey Crescenzo, though, this kind of experimentation has become a matter of course. During his time recording as the Dear Hunter, Crescenzo has put out a string of high concept albums, releasing the first three installments of a six-part cycle as well as a series of EPs based solely on conceptualizing different colors as music.
Casey Crescenzo has recorded four full-length albums as The Dear Hunter (three of which are the first half in a planned six-part series), as well as a novel based on the albums’ mythology. His latest album, Migrant, stands alone. It’s Crescenzo’s first time working outside of the structure of a concept album and while it reaches the grandiosity of his previous releases, the results are uneven.