The Color Spectrum

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The Color Spectrum
11-track, standard-edition cover.
Studio album 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 41:45 (standard)
144:21 (complete EP set)
Label Triple Crown
Producer Casey Crescenzo
The Dear Hunter chronology
The Branches EP
(2010)The Branches EP2010
The Color Spectrum
Complete Edition cover
Cover for the "complete edition", featuring the full project.
Cover for the "complete edition", featuring the full project.
Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 81/100
Review scores
Source Rating
AbsolutePunk 89%[1]
Allmusic 3.5/5 stars[2]
Alternative Press 4/5 stars
PopMatters 8/10 stars[3]

The Color Spectrum is the name of both the fourth studio album by American progressive rock band The Dear Hunter, and a series of nine EPs by the band of which each reflects an individual color of the visible color spectrum (namely Black, Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet and White).[4] This project was envisioned by frontman Casey Crescenzo as a way to interpret the colors of the spectrum via music, and is their first album to not be a concept album or a part of the storyline of which all their previous albums were.

The Colour Spectrum was released on June 14, 2011, in two different versions: the "standard" edition, featuring selected songs from the project, and the "Complete Collection" edition, featuring all nine EPs.

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. Andy Hull (Manchester Orchestra) provided vocals on tracks 1-3 on the Red EP. Tanner Merriitt (O'Brother) sang on "A Curse Of Cynicism". Mike Watts co produced the White and Violet EPs

On April 7, 2011, Casey announced via Twitter that The Color Spectrum was finished.[5]

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.[6]


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.[7]

Track listings[edit]

Standard release track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Casey Crescenzo.

No. Title Length
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
No. Title Length
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
No. Title Length
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
No. Title Length
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
No. Title Length
1. "She's Always Singing" 2:40
2. "The Dead Don't Starve" 4:57
3. "A Sua Voz" (Portuguese for "Your Voice") 3:20
4. "Misplaced Devotion" 3:46
Green EP
No. Title Length
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
No. Title Length
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
No. Title Length
1. "What Time Taught Us" 4:07
2. "Mandala" 4:55
3. "Progress" 3:35
4. "Therma" 2:43
Violet EP
No. Title Length
1. "Mr. Malum" 3:57
2. "Lillian" 4:07
3. "Too Late" 4:03
4. "Look Away" 3:41
White EP
No. Title Length
1. "Home" 3:55
2. "Fall and Flee" 4:05
3. "No God" 3:49
4. "Lost but Not All Gone" 3:58



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  4. ^ "Triple Crown Records – The Color Spectrum : The Complete Collection – Vinyl – Official Merch – Powered by MerchDirect". 2011-06-14. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  5. ^ Casey Crescenzo [@CaseyCrescenzo] (7 April 2011). "9 months, 36 songs, and 1 project later" (Tweet). Retrieved 15 December 2012 – via Twitter. 
  6. ^ ""A Score To Settle" Live". YouTube. 2011-06-07. Archived from the original on August 1, 2013. Retrieved 2011-07-26. 
  7. ^ Block, Summer (2012-02-03). "The Dear Hunter: Reinventing the Color Wheel". Retrieved 2012-04-28. 
  8. ^ "The Color Spectrum The Complete Collection: The Dear Hunter: MP3 Downloads". Retrieved 2011-07-26. 

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