- by Steve Reynolds Rating:6 Release Date:2016-02-04 Label:
Straight Outta Tottenham, that’s London five-piece Hunck and this is their debut EP. They were born when old friends Frederik and Thomas reunited and decided to expand their brainchild into a fully-fledged band.
Steeped in a plethora of mellow moments, in the Tame Impala/Grizzly Bear bracket, these are fluid, laidback, practically horizontal batches of smooth dream-folk-pop music.
Opener ‘I’ll Wait’ has a mellifluous guitar jangle complemented by a subtle mix of doubled-up vocals and slumbering synth patterns. The production is tight, warming and distinctly smooth.
Track two ‘Never Had A Dream’ has a quirky bontempi-esque keyboard riff for an opening before the boys give us their own take on what could be appropriate to a fresh, hot and breezy summers day. The lines are clean, bouncy and uplifting if of course you like your music that way. In parts it has the panache of early Grandaddy and mid period Mercury Rev that can only be a positive.
‘So Far Deep’ has a similar feel to its predecessor in pace but with much more of a roomy spread out feel about it. Demonstrating the band’s air of confidence in their musicianship.
They leave us with the stately ‘Up In The sky’, a straight ahead slice of mid tempo indie folk.
Hunck have marked their territory musically and with some further songs that push the boundaries a bit more they have the hallmarks to carve out a decent musical career.