The Hush Sound is one of those bands that is often overlooked, mostly due to completely trivial things like the label they're signed to and the bands that they've toured with. This is made even more unfortunate by the fact that they are a truly amazing band, refreshing and young, with a sound that can't quite be pinned down or compared to anything else very easily. They've also grown drastically as people and musicians since their beginnings and it's interesting to see how their music develops as the band members themselves are still maturing. Their third release, Goodbye Blues
, is the biggest leap yet, for the most part completely different from their first two albums. Most of its songs could be described as rollicking, sprightly, and piano-centric, borrowing as much from the ragtime, cabaret, and showtunes of past decades as from the hook-laden pop of the present. The similar thread that runs throughout most of Goodbye Blues
seems a bit repetitive and unexciting at first, but with each subsequent listen, the songs start to reveal themselves as separate entities. Once each song has had a chance to come to life, it becomes apparent how vital their similarities actually are; they create a constant and vivid atmosphere rather than just being a collection of random songs, which is ultimately what makes the album most satisfying. Goodbye Blues
is impressive because the songs stand up as well as a group as they do on their own, a level of cohesiveness that their previous releases never quite managed.( read more... )Goodbye Blues
is out now, so make sure to pick it up
and visit the Hush Sound's official website
(or the fansite, Sweet Tangerine
) for up-to-date information on the band.