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Mario’s Album Review: Hunny’s “new planet heaven”

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Mario Ghosn writes about the latest release from Hunny.

In the ever-evolving landscape of the music industry, the spotlight often shines on established stars, leaving a trail of hidden gems waiting to be discovered. As a music enthusiast and avid writer utilizing the power of words, I strive to bring attention to the unsung heroes of the music world: those remarkable, yet often overlooked artists who are crafting unique, genre-defying sounds that deserve recognition. 

With every review I pen, I aim to share the stories of these gifted artists by highlighting their talents and the extraordinary journeys that brought them to our playlists. Join me on this journey once again as we explore the world of music from a different perspective, one album at a time. 

No band embodies the term “underrated” quite like Hunny; an up and coming indie-rock band based in the Los Angeles area. Their latest album, “new planet heaven,” is a wild ride from start to finish. The band’s unique style and approach to this album are on full display, especially in the instrumentals that exude whimsy and eccentricity. This approach, paired with frontman Jason Yarger’s comforting vocals, creates a record that does not try too hard to please but instead effortlessly captivates listeners with its genuine and heartfelt resonance. The identity of Hunny is firmly entrenched in “new planet heaven” and the group refuses to deviate. 

The album kicks off with “bothering,” a catchy and upbeat track that sets the tone for the rest of the album. The distorted guitars and pounding drums complement each other perfectly, creating a sound that is simultaneously energetic and chaotic. This song, along with others on the record, feels like Hunny took multiple songs and visions and pressed them into one. Their approach to “bothering” breeds a genuine interest for what is to come on the rest of the album. 

“Sixteen stitches” is another standout track that showcases Hunny’s distinct sound. The song starts off slow before ramping up and exploding into a frenzied chorus that is impossible not to sing along to. The instrumentals are particularly impressive on this track, with each instrument seemingly doing its own thing before coming together in a chaotic yet cohesive whole. 

“Action –> reaction,” the first single released off this record, is a more subdued track that shows off Hunny’s versatility. The stripped-down instrumentation allows the band’s lyrics to take center stage and the result is a hauntingly beautiful ballad that is sure to give listeners goosebumps.

“Big star,” the second single on the album, boasts catchy guitar riffs and an infectious chorus. Yarger’s vocals fluctuate masterfully throughout to match both the somber verses and the urgency of the chorus. “Big star” is an easy listen that gives a little bit of everything. 

Perhaps the most tantalizing song on the entire record, “89cc,” creates a bombardment of feelings and sensations with its eruptive instrumentals and impassioned vocals. The song grabs your attention from the very first note and takes you on a wild ride of unpredictable melodies and rhythms. The guitars wail and screech, intertwining with the thunderous drums to create a wall of sound that engulfs you in its raw energy. Yarger’s vocals soar above, delivering lyrics that are both introspective and cathartic. 

There is a certain appeal to songs that sound raw and unfinished due to the nature of music quality and production today. “My own age” boasts muffled vocals and strange instrumentals to create a song about nostalgia and acceptance. The song feels homey, welcoming the listener to reflect along with Yarger and his bandmates. So close your eyes and let the track guide you through your old memories.  

Overall, Hunny’s “new planet heaven” is a testament to the band’s unique style and approach to music. If you’re a fan of experimental indie rock, then this album is definitely worth a listen. 

Grade: 9/10

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Mario Ghosn
Mario Ghosn, Multimedia: Visual and Technical Editor
Mario Ghosn is the Multimedia - Visual and Technical Editor for The Carroll News from Chesterland, Ohio. He is a senior at John Carroll University majoring in Communications with a Concentration in Digital Media. Mario has been writing for the Carroll News since his Junior year where he decided to switch his major to the Communications field to pursue writing and design. In addition to his involvement with The Carroll News, Mario is involved with Campus Ministry and his fraternity, Sigma Phi Epsilon. When he is not on campus, Mario spends much of his time at his communications internship with ReliabiltiyFirst, specializing in graphic design and content creation, as well as managing his father’s restaurant, BurgerIM, on the weekends. In the future, Mario hopes to write professionally for television as well as further his education in other fields. To contact Mario, email him at [email protected].

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    StinaNov 4, 2023 at 5:58 pm

    A well-written and thoughtful review. Looking forward to the next Ghosn music piece!

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    Adam TurkOct 27, 2023 at 11:30 am

    Wow I have to go listen! Great review

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