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Album Review: Big Sixes - The Hunter EP


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Today is a special day for Big Sixes. It is a day that starts with the release of the bands new EP, The Hunter, and ends with a sold out show in London this evening.

The Hunter allows fans a second glimpse at the product of the bands musical revamp earlier this year, and the result is two songs that are characteristically diverse, offering previously unseen sides to the band.

The EP’s title track retains the haunting atmosphere shown in ‘Swallowing Flies’, but there is a distinctly infectious quality to the band’s latest slice of melancholy.

The vocal exchanges between vocalist Charlie Costello and bassist Charles Bush are particularly effective on the track, allowing Bush’s impressive vocals to come to the fore.

‘Blood Brothers’ is much more of a minimalist effort, with a peaceful, nostalgic atmosphere created through delicate guitar riffs. When combined with Costello’s soft, echoing vocals the track feels much like a lullaby. It is not the kind of track that would be expected of Big Sixes, but they have shown their song writing talents transcend genres.

The two other tracks on offer are a live recording of ‘The Hunter’, and an alternative version of the track, with the band bringing in a string quartet and flautists for a special performance.  

After a stint supporting Norfolk rockers Deaf Havana April, Big sixes began to turn the heads of curious listeners, many eager to see what came after their debut ‘Swallowing Flies.’ The Hunter EP certainly hasn’t disappointed, providing the band with another stepping-stone to greater acclaim.

The Hunter EP is available to download now.

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