Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Crawling Towards the Sun

One of my favorite bands for the last few years has to be The Hush Sound. Combining a jazzy, bluesy, sort of sound with both male and female vocals gives the band a pretty diverse sound. Greta Salpeter, the only woman in the band, is also extremely talented on the piano, which adds even more depth to the music. They have put out three albums since 2005 and they get better each time. My favorite two albums have to be Like Vines (2006) and Goodbye Blues (2008). Their first CD, So Sudden (2005) does have a lot of good tracks like "Weeping Willow," "Crawling Towards the Sun," and "The Artist" too so I would suggest that one as well. 

A friend of mine had the video for "Wine Red" up online, and I was instantly hooked. The verses have a heavy beat with both the piano and drums. However, the chorus is very lyrical. It's the fall of love, "the death of beauty"; it's a really beautiful song. The album has a good variety of both upbeat and slow tempo tracks as well as a variation of both Greta as the lead and Bob as a lead for the songs.  "Lions Roar" is about a search for a girl but it also includes a description of a circus scene. What's interesting is that the beat of the song is also very carnival like and there's a sense of urgency, which matches the lyrics very well. "Like Vines" also as a fantastic beat, there really is great talent on both the piano and drums.

Goodbye Blues is really an amazing CD. I believe it shows that we can continues to expect better and better music with each album released. There is the music box, sort of whimsical opening "Intro" which opens into the very expressive "Honey." The next song is the blues-like "Medicine Man" with a good drum beat that will make you want to "dance across the country." I also think the songs sung by Bob have also gotten better from the last two CDs as well. There's a vast amount of energy in this album that I can't help but to be caught up in. There are a few songs like "Hurricane" that gives a bit of a breather but over all it's a good album to keep in your car.

The Hush Sound is a great band because of their diversity and musical skills. They can sing about things like love and death but do it in an expressive and more artistic way than other songs about a broken heart. I suppose for me too I'm a sucker for music with a good piano player too.


I found this link. You can actually listen to the full album of Goodbye Blues, hurray for that.




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