Hated Names is an alternative music project, based in Melbourne that recently released Little Liberties. There’s an eclectic blend of styles on this release so let's get into it.
The first song “Holding Back the Tide” starts very somber with reverb laced guitar and bass. I really liked how the vocals sounded which were breathy especially before the beat drops. On that note the song was original sounding and got my attention.
“Morning Thieves” is soulful, melancholy and heartfelt. The beat is very upfront in the mix with the other instruments in the back of the mix. I thought the vocals were again very well done and emotive. “Bring Me a Drink!” is a little more upbeat than the previous songs. There’s some killer production on this with filter sweeps and much more that benefits from a nice pair of headphones. I was reminded of the band xx on this song.
“Little Liberties” is one of the highlights. It’s a twilight ballad of sorts that’s very intimate. The guitar is fantastic as are the lamenting vocals. “Reflection” brings some energy and is one of the more straightforward songs with clean guitar and piano being important aspects in the mix.
“Dependency” is almost overfilled with elements and goes for a more epic quality. It wasn’t my favorite song but there were some interesting moments. “Ether” actually reminded me of the band Tool at points. The more indie rock inspired “Rust'' is fantastic and “Don’t Tell Me” has its moments as well. I liked the last song as well entitled “The Strangest Place” which contains some of the most catchy vocal melodies.
There were a lot of good songs and some really great songs on this album to my ears. I thought the production felt unique and refreshing.
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