I’ve been a huge huge fan of Zebra Hunt since their debut, but what’s more impressive is the growth the group have made throughout those years. What was once a catchy indiepop gem is now this swelling collection of pop music that seems to have been birthed in Australia. Broad sweeping guitar licks and distant indifferent vocals create this natural sway that leads you tapping your toes and letting that grin creep across your face. The song really gets successful and nostalgic when the backing vocals join in to add that extra punch in the song’s latter half. Trade Desire will pop up really soon via Tenorio Cotobade.
I can’t really say enough nice things about the new record from Zebra Hunt that just came out on Friday. I’ve long been a fan of the band, but there’s an apparent maturity from the very first track that plays through your speakers. They still nod to some of the janglier moments that make their music perfect for pop fans, but they’ve also move into a territory where the Replacements meet Flying Nun Records. “What I Want” is the band’s big single; we’ve previously covered it, but I’m stuck on “2005.” It has a slight bounce and a yearning sensation that has become part of my daily listening rotation. It’s great to see a band with such promise rise to the occasion and blow you away. Not convinced? Stream for In Phrases yourself.
While I’m still catching up on music from last week, I’m sad I missed the drop of this new Zebra Hunt tune…so why not get it out now. I feel like the band’s channeling an updated version of classic American songwriting; it hits like a more upbeat hit that the Boss might have churned out. There’s a natural pick-up in the style of the guitars, similar to like-minded acts bouncing around right now, though I’m partial to how they work in conjunction with the vocals. I guess since it’s the early days of Spring, it’s only fitting that this song makes me feel like the band are blossoming into pop superstars (in so far as my opinion counts). Their new LP In Phrases will be released via Tenorio Cotobade real soon!
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Feel like Mondays always require a bit more energy, a bit more oomph, to get the week started. It’s a good thing that we have this great new Zebra Hunt tune to help us all out…and help it will. There’s a natural bounce to the song, though the vocals tend to have more of a classic songwriter sound to them…almost like Paul Westerberg was rocking with a bunch of indiepoppers. The band have just agreed to release their next album, In Phases, via Spanish label Tenorio Cotobade; it should come out later in the year.
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You’ve gotta depend on your Internet friends when it comes to discovering the scene across the country, so I’m glad Toby over at Finest Kiss in Seattle turned me onto this band Zebra Hunt. The three-piece outright definitely has some Oceanic hints in their works, but I also see a modern bent in the recording process, allowing for the central melody to really burst through here. They’ve got a short little EP that you can download for free over at their BANDCAMP page, and I promise you’ll be spending the rest of your day listening to these three gems. Have fun here folks.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/08/Zebra-Hunt-Zebra-Hunt-01-Half-Right.mp3]
Download:Zebra Hunt – Half Right [MP3]