In this week's paper, I check in with the artist formerly known as PlayRadioPlay!, Aledo's Daniel Hunter, to talk about his set-to-be-released-next-week debut under the the moniker of Analog Rebellion. The new album, Ancient Electrons, is a big change for Hunter in many ways beyond just the name-change. For starters, it's a vastly more mature record--and a gloomier one at that. This isn't the same radio-desperate dream-pop Hunter used to create. It's a big record--"a beast," I call it in print even--filled with so broad a soundscape that it practically begs its listeners to play it loud.
But the changes surrounding this record's sound aren't the only one's being faced by the 20-year-old. It's his first record, actually, without a major label's backing. As such, as you'll hear in the sixth installment of our ongoing DC9 Live at El Sibil series, Hunter had a lot of freedom in his thoughts on the disc's direction--something that, he admits in the above clip, was sometimes a bit of a struggle, creatively.
But the goods certainly outweighed the bads in the long-run, and, as a result, Hunter's creativity might now just be peaking. In fact, the above toned-down, acoustic display--which shows that, even when pared down, these songs still have plenty of redeeming value--ends with a song Hunter says he penned just a few days before filming this episode last week. So, yeah, check it out.
And, though we'll be taking a break from filming an episode of this series tonight, we'll be back in two weeks with another installment. In the meantime: Can you believe we started this weekly deal all the way back in May of 2009? This episode, believe it or not, is our 33rd taping. Seriously, check the archives.