When West London’s danDNA isn’t serving as a member of the UK alt rap group Guardians of the Ancient Wisdom, acting as producer for bands such as One Unique Signal, The Telescopes, Art of Burning Water, and Mysdiggi, to name just a few, he moonlights under the moniker Horne the Hunter, a stripped down DIY hybrid of gritty punk sounds and hip hop engendered vocals, in the way they deal with social issues via witty and often hilarious end rhymes that after your are done laughing at the joke, make you realize there is quite a bit of truth to them too.
“Do The Radicalization, Baby” the opening track from Horne the Hunter’s rather plentiful five-song debut Acornucopia lays down a scratchy punk riff loop over which danDNA lays down his socio-political observations in a fast paced sing-speak complete with punk stops during which he addresses his intended audience with a rhetorical call to arms. Social media has largely given everyone a soapbox from which to bitch about whatever it is that is “on their mind.” It has bred a nation of “over-sharers” backed by the influx of the use of the acronym TMI. The opening lines of “Do The Radicalization, Baby” reflect this, “What's going on in the world these days? / Everyone's got some thing to say / And they want you to know, so they’re all in your face.”
From here Horne the Hunter gives a proper take on the artists view of recent events, which include refugees, obesity, oligarchs, Kim Jong Un, cops, feminists and just about every single race of people. Of course one could argue hypocrisy on the part of the artist, but they’d be wrong. No one is left out and therefore no one can point the finger. As the refrain goes, “Everybody's doing it ain't no thing / to pick a side and take it, to the extreme.”
Next comes the bass-throttled “You Blew It” which comes off angrier and more minimalistic than its predecessor though its scope seems more centered on single source as is evidenced by the frequent refrain of “you blew it.” The Casio preset melody of “So You Wanna Be A Libtard?” is pretty genius. Musically it has all the makings of a shitty ‘80s pop hit but with lyrics like, “Im confused / Baby how can u say, That u love me / then say im denying climate change? / Im very liberal / Im feeling bad for you.” Acornucopia closes on a bright note with the wonderfully psychedelic organ heavy “Talking Shit” which reminded me a bit of “Blue Jay Way".
Acornucopia is a variety show. Each song merits a costume change. There is no semblance of order here. Acornucopia is the work of a sane madman. Every song is a funhouse mirror, a maze without an exit. It’s beautifully terrible and terribly beautiful.
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