Hunting returns with first new music since 2014

Hunting is back today with a cover of Sparklehorse’s Gold Day. You can hear it now via Indie88 or below. They have also announced details of their new album “Whatever You Need” coming November 1st. It will be released to all DSPs tomorrow, Friday July 19th, 2019.

Hunting is barely recognizable as the same band that released a debut album five years ago: it’s gone from a solo project to a trio, from folk to catchy electro-rock, and from wistful melancholy to buoyant exuberance. All this can be heard on the group’s sophomore album, Whatever You Need, set for release November 1st via Nevado Music. Today the band share the first track from the album, via Indie88, a swooning cover of Sparklehorse’s “Gold Day”.

Songwriter-producer Bradley Ferguson initially intended to record a quick follow-up album to 2014’s rootsy Hunting LP, but the first sessions stalled and Bradley put Hunting on the backburner. Two years later Bradley got Hunting back on track with the addition of two new members: Vancouver vocalist Jessicka and songwriter Dustin Bentall as co-frontman.

“Gold Day” is the lone holdover from Bradley’s scrapped first sessions, acting as a link between Hunting’s early days and their current iteration. Speaking on the track Bradley says, ““Sparklehorse’s album ‘It’s A Wonderful Life’ really changed the way I thought about songwriting and production.  My favourite of his songs has always been Gold Day, probably the most uplifting song on that particular album.  For the Hunting version of Gold Day, we sped it up a little and put drums through the whole thing, but we did our take on his Mellotron track, re created a few of his parts and really tried to capture the Sparklehorse vibe.  The lyric ‘May all your days be gold my child’ still gives me chills.”  

Nick Bernal