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Silver Hunter - 2015 Chapter 1: Mad Moonlighters [ep]



ARTIST: Silver Hunter
ALBUM: Chapter 1: Mad Moonlighters [ep]
LABEL: Northern Soundscapes Records
SERIAL: none
YEAR: 2015

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Tim Hunter - vocals, guitars, synthesizer * Thierry Sportouche - vocals, mellotron, flute

TRACK LISTING: 01 Ascension * 02 Mad Laughter * 03 Drive Out The Demons * 04 The Man On The Moon

RATING:

WEBLINKS: aciddragon.eu/ad_silver-hunter


Background
This is the new across the channel collaboration between UK progressive popper Tim Hunter who is no stranger to these pages and Frenchman Thierry Sportouche. I've known of Sportouche going back to my days as Starcastle's publicist as he was and still is the driving force behind the long running and excellent fanzine Acid Dragon as well as his work with the prog bands Anoxie and Silver Lining.


The Songs
This really isn't comparable to either of the duo's previous work as 'Chapter 1: Mad Moonlighters' is often dark and spacey with occasional nods to Pink Floyd, Camel, Ange and Hawkwind. Opener 'Ascension' is a reworking of the title track from Hunter's 2013 release although this time there's more space funk and squelchy synth's replacing the smoother Mike + The Mechanics sound of the original. 'Mad Laughter' kicks off with a killer solo, maniacal laughter ala Ange and a synth beat oddly reminiscent of Robert Plant's 'Big Log'. Things get a bit heavier and sinister with 'Drive Out The Demons' highlighted by spoken word segments in both English and French from Sportouche to great effect while 'The Man In The Moon' features tasty David Gilmour influenced guitar, mellotron and synth lines straight out the Camel playbook.


In Summary
All in all a good effort and apparently this is the first in a trilogy. It will be interesting to see and hear where Silver Hunter goes next and they've already done a warm-up gig for Arena in Lyon, France so the future looks quite promising.


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