Chris Hunt is an Atlanta-based producer focused on the textural atmospheres of sound. From 2009 until 2013, he was one of the chief producers and driving forces behind Cloudeater, an eclectic and critically-acclaimed band that collaborated with Prefuse 73 and Wale that ended their run in what ATL music blog Latest Disgrace called “its most fertile period.” Following the dissolution of Cloudeater, Hunt began focusing on a new, personal, and intense sonic project. Years of writing and experimentation produced Tomb and Tomb II. The EPs (both serviced last week under the banner title, Tomb) were developed in a timeline marked by a tree crushing a house, grueling heartbreak and the death of Hunt’s sister, and they draw all of these experiences together in a cataclysm of sound and collapse. Recorded between Atlanta and New York and produced in collaboration with vocalist Marshall Ruffin; guitarist Emil Werstler (Chimaira, Dååth); and bassist/engineer John Davis (Jojo Mayer and Nerve, Esperanza Spalding, Salt Cathedral); Tomb was assembled using an array of traditional drums, classic synthesizers, and tape machines which were filtered through layers of dense digital manipulation and analog distortion.
Opener “Dog” begins starkly, featuring pained and indecipherable vocals before exploding at the two-minute mark with the buzzy, acidic wall of noise that Hunt explores throughout the EPs. “Plaster” and “Ultimatum” exist somewhere in a realm between songs and dreams, with Ruffin’s vocals obscured and abstracted by Hunt’s monumentally huge and cathartic production, while “Unification” provides a brief song-oriented interlude. The latter half of Tomb pushes Hunt’s layering and reconstruction techniques further into a distinct aesthetic that melds harsh noise and lush cinematic textures with emotive passages.
“Loud and bold and worth a listen… a great vessel for Marshall Ruffin’s vocals, which pair well with the exotic, badass textures weaved throughout Hunt’s production.” -Indie Shuffle
RIYL: Liars, Zola Jesus, EMA, CocoRosie, Mike Patton, Merzbow, Bat for Lashes, Primal Scream, Keiji Haino, Cloudeater, Tricky
Recommended Tracks: Track 2, “Plaster,” Track 4, “Ultimatum,” Track 4, “Unification,” Track 1, “Dog”
Label: Psych Army Intergalactic
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Listen to Track 2, “Plaster,” below: