Singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Luke Aaron Jones and fellow Dreamers of the Ghetto alum, Marty Sprowles, picked up the pieces from their previous project and pared down their scope into something more intimate, more introspective. This ultimately became Hunterchild, who recently announced the arrival of their debut album Hunterchild, out May 13 on Temporary Residence Ltd.
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. The first taste from the forthcoming album is the slow-burning single Aching and yesterday The Fader premiered the chilly, dead-of-winter Aching video.
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.
The Bloomington-based duo is comfortable in their own skin in a way that’s almost unheard of for debut artists. 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.
You can catch Hunterchild love on the following dates:
March 31: Bloomingon, IN @ The Bishop Bar (Hunterchild and Jenny Hval).