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MP3 Dustin Hunter - Benediction

A condensed version of two years spent spelunking down to the rock bottom depths of late nights, self-indulgent existentialism and lo-fi inspired, acoustic-driven pop/rock. Mummified in magnetic tape and microphone cables.

10 MP3 Songs in this album (34:54) !
Related styles: Rock: Acoustic, Pop: Pop/Rock, Type: Lo-Fi

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In 2007 I decided to turn off my computer. Longing to get away from the droning hum of CPU fans and the deity-like power of DAW editing that I’d become so accustomed to over the years, I armed myself a 4-track cassette recorder, several blank cassettes, and small militia of spiral notebooks. I decided that I was going to create… something.

My initial desire was to step away from modern technology as much as possible and wiggle my toes in the muddy trenches of a Kierkegaardian-esque existential crisis. Nearly two years later the result was an 18-track double album that featured acoustic-driven art pop blended with prepared guitar percussion pieces, word association exercises and enough ambient noise to please the even most discerning musique concrete aficionado. I titled it, “The Semi-Conductor Receiver of Asphodel.”

I had fully intended to release it… then I listened to it.

It’s important for me to say here that sometimes, we just need to jump in the rabbit hole instead of dance around it. And while I couldn’t abandon or dishonor the months of work and artistic self-expression, I also wasn’t prepared for it to be my, “Nice to meet you, I’m Dustin Hunter” either.

Along comes “Benediction.”

This album is a collection of some of my favorite tracks from “The Semi-Conductor Receiver of Asphodel,” nicely mixed with some more user friendly material. Everything was recorded at the same time, so the songs mingle well together, and although the central theme of “Semi-Conductor” may be undetectable to virgin ears, there are still plenty of lo-fi elements to the record (much to the chagrin of my mastering engineer). Every click and pop and moment of tape-hiss that you hear is intentional.

From the first strums of the title song to the final shimmering tambourine of the final hidden track (crap – now it’s not hidden), and every other warble, click and sexually explicit, exposing lyric in-between; one way or another “Benediction” is the outcome of two years spent deep sea diving into the depths of my own mind. It amazes me that I managed to make it out unscathed… well… maybe slightly scathed.

- Dustin Hunter

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