A few years ago, an unknown group from an unlikely town began generating the kind of “next big thing” blog buzz that eventually leads to a big label bidding war, support slots on major tours and unanimous praise. For Bloomington, Indiana’s Dreamers of the Ghetto, it resulted in a divorce and a devastating break-up.
Singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Luke Aaron Jones and fellow Dreamers Of The Ghetto alum Marty Sprowles picked up the pieces and pared down the widescreen stadium-sized rock of Dreamers to the more intimate and introspective, Hunterchild.
Jones’ vocals are more arresting than ever, indebted as much to vintage Peter Gabriel, Prince and Depeche Mode as the rich well of electronic R&B explorations from a similar orbit as James Blake and The Weeknd in their most powerful moments. Hunterchild are comfortable in their own skin in a way that’s almost unheard of for debut artists.
They have recently announced the arrival of their debut album Hunterchild, set for a May 13 release on Temporary Residence Ltd. A glimpse into the album’s orbit can be seen and heard in a new teaser trailer from the band and on Noisey who recently premiered the slow-burning first single Aching as well.
Co-produced with Kevin Ratterman (My Morning Jacket, Wax Fang), Hunterchild’s eponymous debut album is noticeably more eclectic than Dreamers Of The Ghetto. From the beat-heavy sexploits of Part Time to the stark falsetto professions of Aching, this is a story in 11 parts.
Equally complicated, heartbreaking and revelatory, Hunterchild bares an emotional fearlessness that only comes from a devotion to the light in the face of total darkness.
Their debut album will be released on May 13 on Temporary Residence Ltd.