The Hush Sound’s sound anything but down beat

Kelly Petryszyn

Courtesy Fueled by Ramen

Credit: Ron Soltys

The Hush Sound

Goodbye Blues

Released by Fueled by Ramen

Stater rating (out of five): ****

Upon playing The Hush Sound’s new album, Goodbye Blues, the sound of cascading piano and soft vocals strike the ears immediately, sending the listener into a sublime state of relaxation. This is the type of album that one can just lay back and soak up.

The band’s name is the perfect description for its sound. The Hush Sound does not rely on loud beats or raging vocals to communicate. When they play, their instruments merge together nicely creating a variety of melodically-rich sounds. The sweet vocals blend smoothly into the euphoric feel of the music.

The album does live up to its title, Goodbye Blues, as it makes even songs about tough situations pleasant. It is filled with spirited, positive lyrics. “Break the Sky” is an uplifting song about rising above the blues, as it states, “Bluebirds flutter in my chest.”

Although the songs alternate in mood, they flow together beautifully as the album progresses. It starts out with a serene piano intro then eases into the sugary-sweet pop song “Honey.” The album continues with the slower ballads followed by upbeat songs making for a pleasing combination that does not seem too serious or too bubbly. The tempo transitions quickly, keeping the listener on his or her toes.

The music is driven by a clever mixture of beats and vocals that illustrate the feeling of the songs’ lyrics perfectly. The song “Break the Sky” empowers “(I) won’t be haunted by the dreams I defer.” It sweetly relates the fearless attitude of the singer with a flow of melodic rhythms.

The song “That’s Okay” is reassuring, “And when you are gone will they know your name/and when you are gone will they love you the same/If not that’s okay.” Soft piano follows the lyrics with mellow drum beats that make for a gentle song.

Some of the songs draw upon the simplistic style of the early ’60s. “As You Cry” and “Not Your Concern” relate to the start of rock and roll with doo-wop harmonizing in the background and happy-go-lucky tones. These songs relate the pleasant, easy feeling of early 60s’ music with the modern feel of electric guitar and drums. The song “Love You Much Better” is reminiscent of ’50s sock-hop music with its ba-da-da harmonizing and its cheerful beats.

Greta Salpeter, the only girl in the band, leads the vocals on the majority of the songs. She adapts as she croons in ballads and sings with edge in upbeat songs. The other members provide back-up which makes for an interesting dynamic. Her voice provides a pleasing feel that accompanies the songs well, coming across beautifully.

The Hush Sound has skillfully crafted a mellow, joyous album that resonates directly with the listener. It’s simple sound satisfies.

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