Band/Artist: Gordy Hunt
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Midwest artists like Gordy Hunt deliver great hooks and melodies to get you through your day. One of the greatest things a music-lover can experiences is the discovery of a new artist so exciting, so invigorating it makes the listener want to “really” write about it. Though I don’t write reviews under false pretenses I will admit many times I find myself writing reviews based on music that is to say the least – extremely forgetful. Sometimes, such jewels are found “underground” rather than mainstream media, but then again, that’s just one of the reasons why the indie scene can be so fascinating and exciting a t the same time. Case in point it’s a stage designed for creative people, a platform to let their art be seen, and in this case heard.
Enter Michigan based rocker Gordy Hunt who writes us catchy, well-crafted songs with lyrics that connect with the good in everyone. His latest 14 track album called ”Seniority” shows a flair for combining these with ’70s indie guitar, easy to digest drums and a love of retro Top 40 rock. The result? Ear- friendly songs that stay with you long after the first listen. It’s a fact that some artists have been around for a while bit nonetheless exist beneath our radar screens. Hunt is one of these good time songwriters and up to now – no longer beneath the radar screens. This collection contains 14 consistent tracks. So how would I describe this CD? It’s a supernova of melodic and positive passion and sound exploding into your soul, a game changer in a world that needs a new musical direction. This latest release is led by the charismatic persona of Hunt who also plays guitar. To me this is kind of a conceptual record, inviting a listener to experience and relate to the depths and levity of the restless soul with traces of The Eagles, BTO, Lil’ Feat, even Bob Segar, Todd Rundgren, traces of Jimmy Buffett, to Elvis Costello. These latest string of songs present an amazing blend of Classic Psychedelic Rocking Pop popular in the 7’s and 80’s. On the other side of the sonic spectrum I can even hear Jackson Browne. On the first few tracks “Looking Forward to Your Love” “Lady in the Lenz” and Ice Cream Headache” displays a spot on mixture of all of the above styles. Hunt’s voice coupled with his impressive songwriters touch is really the pinnacle of it all.
Hunt’s singing – Not the voice from heaven but hey it works. I get the impression he is comfortable within his own skin behind the mic.
This is the perfect CD for late night bash, gathering, accompanied by a Rock n’ Roll party teetering on out of control. Now you get the music of Gordy Hunt. “Seniority” has a special melodic element to it combining rocking fretwork, well placed harmonies, a guitar-driven Old School rock-element that evolves perfectly as the CD advances. In this aspect I can hear even hear Paul McCartney to CCR. I especially like the merge of classic rock accents via an an amazing 70’s -80’s melodic rock feel.
– Kevin Battle
Download Link: http://www.amazon.com/Seniority-Gordy-Hunt/dp/B013742TOA