Van Hunt Offers Up A 'Handful' Of What's To Come

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

It's not everyday that you hear about new Van Hunt material, but whenever the eclectic troubadour does arrive back into conscious he always has some special way of announcing his return. Taking a cue from Lalah Hathaway, Van Hunt has upstarted his own PledgeMusic campaign that will not only aid in the creation for his upcoming project, but also will unlock for donators autographed memorabilia, artwork, and special behind-the-scenes stuff exclusively assembled to allow fans to get knee-deep into his creative psyche. If it all sounds a bit gimmicky Van Hunt teases that his upcoming project will be worth the while as it will "chronicle love, loss and nostalgia delivered through the sounds of original funk and old soul". He also makes sure to name-drop such sound inspirations as The Delfonics, Paraliment-Funkadelic, Billie Holiday, and Pink Floyd, as well as the namesakes of fashion luminaries Givenchy and Halston, to pique interest further. Well, he already had me at Holiday and Halston, so everything else is just icing.

Hunt hasn't been terribly dormant since the wild wilderness that was 2011's What Were You Hoping For?, as earlier this year he duetted with Mara Hruby for The Decoders' Minnie Riperton project, and recently made an appearance at this year's AfroPunk festival alongside such contemporaries as Alice Smith, Lianne La Havas, and Zoe Kravitz's band, Lolawolf. For the festival's annual sampler, Hunt offered this new quasi-instrumental, "Handful Of Vapor", which is a little taste test of what he's dabbling into for this new project and it freely zips along awash with Hunt's signature guitar craftwork. As a long-time fan of Hunt's, there's no telling what he has in store for his latest, but as always, consider my anticipation ignited.

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