Dylan Hamburger is a young artist from Ohio who recently released Spontaneous Me. Hamburger got his start in high school and grew musically as he went to college. The three songs on the album were written and recorded over the last year or so.
The first song is entitled “Stranger.” I was initially attracted to the chord progressions which have some similarities with the band Grizzly Bear. The hooks are well done and I thought the vocal harmonies were well implemented. I was really digging the song and then quite unexpectedly it started going in a very different direction. There is a short section where the song gets theatrical and he goes in a melodramatic, spoken word.
“Regression” is up next and is more experimental. It’s a little playful and Hamburger implements what sounds like synths of some sort and percussive elements. There is a hint of Pavement. The song is catchy but also not predictable which is a hard thing to pull off.
“Up For Air” is another unique song. He really goes a lot of different places musically and vocally. The song felt like it was in a constant state of mutation. I thought the bass work in particular held the song together which created a hypnotic pattern. The vocals range from slight rapping, spoken word or traditional singing. It’s well done and again I really appreciated the experimentation.
Hamburger certainly thinks outside of the box. I like how he approaches these songs although I can’t say every move he made worked for me. The next most obvious step for Hamburger is to get into a professional studio. His ideas are too big for lo-fi bedroom recordings. I think working with additional musicians could bring a lot to his music.
Overall. I thought this was a solid EP and I look forward to hearing more,
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