Sometimes we feel the urge to get away from the daily grind, and escape into the arms of a lover. No lover handy? No worries. You can escape into the loving, musical arms of Hunterchilds‘ self-titled debut. The album dropped May 13 on Temporary Residence LTD and was fine-tuned by co-producer Kevin Ratterman (My Morning Jacket, Wax Fang). Vocalist Luke Aaron Jones and percussionist/keyboardist Marty Sprowles previously played together in the group Dreamers of the Ghetto, but after they disbanded in 2012, the two decided to get down to the nitty gritty and focus on the pure electronic/r&b grooves of what is now Hunterchild. Their self-titled debut creates an intimate atmosphere that welcomes and convinces you to stay. Hunterchild are gently asking you to take their hand and trust in their aural love.They won’t take no for an answer, but they’ll treat you right … meow.
Why We Dig Them: These Bloomington, Indiana-based boys got swag and they ain’t afraid to show it. Confident, but not cocky and smooth as buttah; it doesn’t get much more appealing than that. I’d love to hear their favorite pick up lines, not that they need them. When vocalist Luke Aaron Jones simply croons “I want you” you may find that your feet have suddenly risen from the floor, because you’ve been swept away.
The album kicks off with “So Bad,” a piano heavy track at first, but upon closer listen the song is propped up by soft electronics and funky bass. Luke Aaron Jones’ forthright, proclamations of love, and perhaps lust, and the pursuit of it (“Because I want you. I gotta do what I gotta do.”) stick out prominently in the mix and my mind. Seems like the kind of track that Alicia Keys would kill to cover.
“Hunter” was a shockingly addictive song. I was a little unsure if I liked it at first because it felt a little cheesy, reminiscent of an ’80s ballad, but then it grew on me. It’s like listening to that one Phil Collins song (take your pick, my vice is “In The Air Tonight”) and you find yourself humming along whether you like it or not, because you have two ears and a heart. Don’t worry, it’s nothing to be ashamed of.
“Time Traveling Lover” draws you in with a falsetto call and beat-heavy electronics that will have your shoulders shaking and leave your knees weak in its wake. Prepare to melt. You could serenade Doctor Who with this track.
Three Words to Describe Hunterchild: Sexy — Alluring — Soulful
Upcoming Shows: None currently listed, but when they hit Los Angeles, you will not want to miss out their performance.
Words: Emily Saex