I really like music that mixes a few good genres into something that is a nice swirl of both. Among my favorite combinations of genres is the mix of rock with jazz inspired pieces. There really is something about a piano, and sometimes horns, in a band that really make me want to sit down and listen. The Dear Hunter is a band that does a pretty good job of creating rock songs with a jazzy feel, or even an upbeat piano sound. Among the songs that I enjoy the best from this band is one called “City Escape”. This song combines a quick paced rock feel, with a slower, more melodic piano pop sound that creates one of the more interesting songs to listen to that I have heard in a long while. The pacing is pretty good, especially considering the piano is as responsible for it as the drums are. The lyrics are good, offering up a decent narrative to sink your teeth into, and the overall musical feel
of the song does a lot to make you want to listen more closely to it than you normally
would. While the song does lose some steam at the end, the overall experience it provides is one that I enjoy quite a bit.
The intro is quite good, and shows off how well the piano is used throughout the song. Offering up a high energy, punchy line, the intro does a good job of providing a lot of impact. Even if you don’t like the way it sounds, and I know I did not the first time I heard it, you feel as though you have to keep listening just because it is so interesting. It kind of knocks you on your backside, and creates this experience that leads into the first verse really quite well.
The pacing is good as well, for the most part. There is a lot of energy among the verses, and this is followed right into the choruses. This kind of energy is very punctuated by the constant ...
use of a piano that never seems to fight its way into the foreground of the song. The piano, despite never being out and right up in your face, seems to dictate the pace of the song as much as the drums do. It seems like every time a major change in pace or tone in this song is initiated by a strong piano note. Sometimes, though, this well driven pace is broken up with extended periods of silence, or almost silence. While some people like these quiet points (especially a few of my close friends, who absolutely love these silences), I find that the quiet moments pull me out of the song just when I am getting into them. This is not a huge deal, but it just seems like one of those things that could have been avoided, and no one would have missed these silences if they were not there. I know I would
the lyrics are quite good, and seem to be very clearly telling a story.
While they are not obvious in and of themselves, you get a clear picture of the point that is trying to be made, even if you need to have heard other songs on the same album to gain that clarity. Even if you have not, they are still quite listenable, and not overly poetic in the least. Often times, these more artistically inclined bands tend to try way to hard with their lyrics, but this song is definitely proof that many bands prefer to keep things a bit more simple.
Despite the pacing being off sometimes, “City Escape” is truly an amazing song. The way the piano seems to take charge of where the song moves piques my interest, as it is just something that just is not found in many songs of any age. The whole package is so amazingly creative that it will either create fans instantly, or drive people away in the same amount of time. It is definitely a risk, but it is one that i feel pays off easily.
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