Van Hunt started out strong as a solo artist in the mid 00s – with a couple of records
with great songs with some leftfield elements on the outer edges, suggesting a creative spirit somewhat reigned in by commercial necessity – a few albums later, he's in the indie realm doing just whatever the heck he wants to, and it's invigorating, unpredictable stuff! Following his muse works really well! There's a bit of a stripped down, almost low fi vibe, though it's steeped in real soul. The mood runs from hazy beats and stratchy-sounding vox, to sweet keys and soaring soul vocals, to Afro punk guitars and beyond. Van Hunt does a lot work by himself – songwriting, producing and arranging, plus most of the singing, guitar, synth bass and drum programming – with additional accompaniment on live drums, keys, upright bass, percussion and more when the mood calls for more. includes "North Hollywood", "Watching You Go Crazy Is Driving Me Insane", "Designer Jeans", "Plum", "Fall (Violet)", "Moving Targets", "Eyes Like Pearl
s", "A Time Machine Is My New Girlfriend", What Were You Hoping For?", "It's A Mysterious Hustle" and more. One song begins with the line, "Fractured, but not broken", which is a brilliant way to describe Van Hunt's music at this point. There's no one else doing it like him right now!