Summertime: a season for traveling, taking time whilst eating meals outside as the evening rolls in and music plays, catching up with family and friends, and hopefully having opportunities to unplug and reassess one’s relationships, goals, and lifestyle. Simpler times, simpler desires, and simpler virtue are often borne out of spending time in the quiet: allowing oneself to be “bored”, unhindered by countless options for entertainment or distraction.
This mode of reflective simplicity is a hallmark of the latest album from sibling band The Hunts, titled Darlin’ Oh Darlin’, which presents itself very much like a love letter written by a soldier to his sweetheart. The lyrics coast over remembrances of budding love, traveling to new places, and saying farewell with a promise of fidelity. The straightforward sonic quality of each song reinforces the idea of this single theme.
Much like their debut album, Darlin’ Oh Darlin’ sits squarely within the folk-rock genre epitomized by Mumford and Sons, The Lumineers, and The Head and the Heart. Listeners who were in high school or college at the time when the genre exploded will likely feel some hint of nostalgia when listening to this album. The copious hand-clapping, anthemic “oh’s” in nearly every song, vocal deliveries, and string arrangements make for an ideal road-trip soundtrack. Something about the sonic familiarity of this music has the power to stir up memories with ease and levity, and if you have several hours to get from one place to another accompanied by a friend, this will likely spur some reminiscing.
Take a break from over-thinking today. Put comparison, worry, and negativity on hold. Remember what’s been good in your life, and believe that the best is yet to come.
“I won’t know where I’m going till I’m on my way back home. Every season changes, but I’ll still be around. My heart is on my sleeve: I wear it more often, now.”
Did I mention you can get this album as part of our exclusive package going out this week? You have until Friday to subscribe as a patron and stake your claim on it (and everything else) in the summer shipment. I cannot wait to hear what you think.