The Color Spectrum

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The Color Spectrum
Box set by The Dear Hunter
Released June 14, 2011
Recorded 2010–2011
Genre Progressive rock, experimental rock, indie rock, baroque pop, electronic, pop rock, alternative country, folk, alternative rock
Length 144:21 (complete EP set)
41:45 (standard)
Label Triple Crown
Producer Casey Crescenzo
The Dear Hunter chronology
The Branches EP
(2010)
The Color Spectrum
(2011)
Migrant
(2013)
Standard CD edition cover
The Cover for the 11-track, standard-edition CD.

The Color Spectrum is the cumulative title of a project by The Dear Hunter consisting of a series of nine EPs of which each reflects an individual color of the visible color spectrum (namely Black, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet and White).[1] This project was envisioned by frontman Casey Crescenzo as a way to interpret the colors of the spectrum via music, and is in no way related to the Act I-VI storyline, the band's main project. It was released on June 14, 2011.

Background and recording[edit]

Brendan Brown (formerly in The Receiving End of Sirens with Casey) played bass guitar on the Orange EP. Jessy Ribordy (Falling Up) played mandolin on the Green EP. Naive Thieves helped with songs on the Yellow and Blue EPs.

On April 7, 2011, Casey announced via Twitter that The Color Spectrum was finished.[2]

Promotion and release[edit]

On April 14, 2011, the band released a free MP3 download of "Deny It All" from the Red EP on their website. On April 26, Alternative Press debuted a lyric video for "This Body" from the Black EP, created by Casey.[3]

Concept[edit]

The Color Spectrum's influence is the subjectivity of perception and to a lesser extent the freedom it affords its viewer. Crescenzo remarks:

Anything we think of, we can do. Humanity's idea of colors is too broad. This needs to be more personal, because ideas of colors vary from person to person. Even for people who have synesthesia, the specific images or sounds they hear attached to colors vary from person to person. And that just reinforces the point of doing the project, to produce our interpretation of color, the way we feel about colors or are inspired by the colors – how we hear them or see them.[4]

Track listings[edit]

Standard release track listing[edit]

  1. "Filth and Squalor" (Black) – 4:01
  2. "Deny It All" (Red) – 3:34
  3. "But There's Wolves?" (Orange) – 4:04
  4. "She's Always Singing" (Yellow) – 2:40
  5. "Things That Hide Away" (Green) – 3:24
  6. "The Canopy" (Green) – 3:52
  7. "Trapdoor" (Blue) – 3:54
  8. "What Time Taught Us" (Indigo) – 4:07
  9. "Lillian" (Violet) – 4:07
  10. "Home" (White) – 3:55
  11. "Fall and Flee" (White) – 4:07

Complete collection track listing[edit]

Black EP[edit]

  1. "Never Forgive, Never Forget" – 4:41
  2. "Filth and Squalor" – 4:01
  3. "Take More Than You Need" – 4:30
  4. "This Body" – 4:47

Red EP[edit]

  1. "I Couldn't Do It Alone" – 3:29
  2. "A Curse of Cynicism" – 3:11
  3. "Deny It All" – 3:34
  4. "We've Got a Score to Settle" – 3:45

Orange EP[edit]

  1. "Echo" – 4:06
  2. "Stuck on a Wire Out on a Fence" – 3:08
  3. "A Sea of Solid Earth" – 4:41
  4. "But There's Wolves?" – 4:06

Yellow EP[edit]

  1. "She's Always Singing" – 2:40
  2. "The Dead Don't Starve" – 4:57
  3. "A Sua Voz" – 3:20
  4. "Misplaced Devotion" – 3:46

Green EP[edit]

  1. "Things That Hide Away" – 3:24
  2. "The Canopy" – 3:52
  3. "Crow and Cackle" – 5:43
  4. "The Inheritance" – 3:34

Blue EP[edit]

  1. "Tripping in Triplets" – 3:52
  2. "Trapdoor" – 3:54
  3. "What You Said" – 5:04
  4. "The Collapse of the Great Tide Cliffs" – 5:33

Indigo EP[edit]

  1. "What Time Taught Us" – 4:07
  2. "Mandala" – 4:55
  3. "Progress" – 3:35
  4. "Therma" – 2:43

Violet EP[edit]

  1. "Mr. Malum" – 3:57
  2. "Lillian" – 4:07
  3. "Too Late" – 4:03
  4. "Look Away" – 3:41

White EP[edit]

  1. "Home" – 3:55
  2. "Fall and Flee" – 4:05
  3. "No God" – 3:49
  4. "Lost But Not All Gone" – 3:58

[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Triple Crown Records – The Color Spectrum : The Complete Collection – Vinyl – Official Merch – Powered by MerchDirect". Merchdirect.com. 2011-06-14. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  2. ^ 9 months, 36 songs, and 1 project later Casey Crescenzo on Twitter. 7 April 2011. Retrieved 15 December 2012.
  3. ^ ""A Score To Settle" Live‏". YouTube. 2011-06-07. Retrieved 2011-07-26. [dead link]
  4. ^ Block, Summer (2012-02-03). "The Dear Hunter: Reinventing the Color Wheel". alarm-magazine.com. Retrieved 2012-04-28. 
  5. ^ "The Color Spectrum The Complete Collection: The Dear Hunter: Amazon.co.uk: MP3 Downloads". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 

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