Hush Collector "Flowby"
By Marcus Pan
I wrestled a few days with the idea of reviewing Hush
Collector's debut EP, Flowby, for Legends. Not that it's not worth the
time, mind it's just that it's a bit of blues, a touch of class and a
little amount of shoe-gazing melancholy hiding behind a folky mindset in a
chilled out background. It's not truly in format for Legends. But as the editor
I get to say bugger off to the rules that I've set for myself on occasion and
since Hush Collector is the only CD on my desk right now that hasn't been
assigned or reviewed, I figured I'd take a stab at it anyway being somewhat
proud of myself clearing all the write-ups off my desk (except for those
galdurned 10 hours of DVD movies that came in the other day).
I do like melancholy and well-written lyrics. Otherwise you
wouldn't have seen such reviews as Chika(1), Mike Comfort(2) and others like
them in Legends. The songs are smooth and well laid out and only minimally
processed. Recorded live to tape, quite possibly, and not messed around with
too much by so called "engineers" who end up giving you something that didn't
sound much like the way it started when they're done. It's very honest.
Four tracks on Flowby: Flowby itself,
Mountain Song, It Don't Matter and I Go Blind. I Go Blind
is probably the most upbeat here with a bluesy rhythm and a 59th Street
Bridge Song(3) reminiscence and it closes this EP with a quicker rhythm
than the opening Flowby, which has a rhythm that's a folk version of
grunge. Mountain Song adds a bit of interesting flair with its
unpredictable progressions. It Don't Matter is the first time we hear
them using electricity in their guitars.
Slow and chilly, Hush Collector treat their music with
respect for what it is and not what it could sound like in a million dollar an
hour studio. If you've ever seen any of the Corona commercials on US television
lately the couple on the beach, kicking back, ignoring the cell phone
watching the waves add a few instruments and that's a Hush Collector
recording session. Matter of fact, Hush Collector is an excellent name for
Post: 48 Weart St., Brighton, UK, BNZ9UQ, USA
(1) Chikas Little Ship Head was
written up in Legends #85.
(2) Mikes Free was
reviewed in Legends #149.
(3) Simon & Garfunkel you
and you call yourself an American?
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