Jordan Hunt appears to be naturally wired to be a professional solo musician. He is classically trained and has made himself a renaissance man when it comes to all things regarding music and composition. He has a beautifully ranged voice, plays multiples instruments and is an exceptional composer. It does not come as a shock to me that he has worked successfully with several artists in the UK and has made a splash with his previous work on the radio. His latest album is Long Lost and contains four powerful tracks with deep, personal narratives. This a slow moving album full of emotion and mixture of dreamy and intense melodic ambiance. This is the kind of music that for me, unwinds the knots in my muscles and manages to quiet my inner monologue.
Track one is "Mother" and has already made the round on the radio receiving well deserved praise. As one might guess it speaks to the theme of his mother but also about certain kinds of love humans have for their family. This song is a bit quirky and curious, but not without genuine charm.
"Don't Fly Too Far" is overwhelming with raw emotion. This song deals with the loss of Hunt's first love and the aftermath on his following relationship. While the subject is somber, there is so much hope and acceptance that it sounds absolutely stunning.
My favorite track on the album is "I Once Cared." I think I loved it because it speaks to my constant predicament of indecision. It talks about contradictions and accepting that there are not answers for everything. The album closes beautifully with "Peter" which harkens back to the second song. Peter was Hunt's first love and his death had such an impact on Hunt I understand why Peter would be half of this album. Again, an incredible song with heavy handed emotion and somehow finding the light in what seems like impossible misery.
The album took a few years to record and was done so in Hunt's home. Christoph Skirl of Echo Zoo Studios in Eastbourne mixed the album was mastered by Conor Dalton Calyx in Berlin. I feel the mixing process is a no brainer when it comes to Hunt. Let those lovely pipes drive the wheel. One thing that impressed me about the production is that this album sounded both intimate and far off in the distance at the same time. The vocals were kept very close to the listener but the instrumental elements built a very expansive universe swirling behind him. The production definite had its hand in what makes this album so special.
I can't believe this album is only four songs long. There is so much to unpack and inspect. I want to congratulate Hunt on Long Lost which I think is amazing. I also can't help but feel that this album was a necessary and cathartic release. By allowing himself to be so vulnerable and open, the listener gets to experience that release as well. I strongly recommend this one for just about anyone.
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