With that out of the way, we'd like to celebrate the latest album release by When You Motor Away's virtual house band, Seattle's Zebra Hunt. Titled Trade Desire, the album features eight tracks of the sort of guitar pop that we love. There is plenty of jangle and no shortage of hooks, lending comparisons to bands from New Zealand and Melbourne (something these guys read quite a bit when reading about themselves, we suspect), as well as Bay Area bands such as the Fresh and Onlys and The Mantles. But to our ears Trade Desire represents more than simply continuing a good thing. For one thing, while their songwriting has always been good, this set appears to us to be the most consistent to date. For another, this album seems lean toward a beefier rock sound -- on some tracks the rhythm section rumbles with satisfying authority. Perhaps it is partially due to Robert Comitz's production, but whatever the reason, we applaud the increased sonic depth. Finally, after a few years as a foursome, Zebra Hunt's performances are uniformly tight and confident, and that is fully evident on Trade Desire.
Zebra Hunt are Robert, Mitch, Aaron, and Erik. Trade Desire is out now in digital and vinyl formats via Spanish label Tenorio Cotobade.
Bandcamp for digital album
Bandcamp for Trade Desire (vinyl in Europe)
Jigsaw Records page for vinyl in the US