7.75 out of 10
Yet another new artist this year that has just now come to my attention. I believe there is one more album before this one, but 'The Phoney' is Rollin Hunt's official debut/"conventionally' distributed LP.
Starting with bizarre synth modulations, gothic sounding guitar riffs, and Rollin's androgynous/luring vocal talent backed by a few colorful cinematic flares, you know something awesome is building.. Stick with it, let the pace of this record show you an entirely new way to enjoy audial evolution right before your ears. The next track brings you into a psychedelic heaven washed in a prism of colors, and the next track (#3; "Criminal") pays homage to a time when our parents were teenagers (some of us anyways).. Has to be one of the catchier songs I've heard this year. Every track sounds different from the last, giving this beauty a lot of variety which is a great thing. There are lots of agreeable sounds here, nothing too abrasive, it's soothing, complex, and good for just about any kind of weather. Could be a "go-to" album for the next month or so (at the very least).. Turns out there's nothing fake with 'The Phoney', this is all really happening right now (for real) between your headphones.
If I had to guess some of Rollin's influences (..which I do right?) I would say somewhere between Flaming Lips, MGMT, Wise Blood, Patrick Wolf, Ela Orleans, Portishead, and maybe Fool's Gold to something completely unique all in it's own. It doesn't matter if you like or dislike any of those bands above, you'll love at least 2-3 tracks on 'The Phoney', no lie..
Standout Tracks: Beautiful Park, In The Window, Criminal (swoooooon), You, Separate Ways (..wait for it.), Shooter