May 17 — “Flat Random Noise” by Hurricane Dean

Hurricane Dean

It’s time again to dip into the This is That Song mailbag. I get all sorts of things in the old mailbag. I get stuff from label interns, band managers, band members, friends of the bands. All sorts of people telling me that I should listen to and write about all sorts of different songs. From all over the United States and Canada. From England, Ireland, Australia, Estonia, Germany. I absolutely encourage submissions of any kind. I can’t promise that I’ll write about them all, or even that I’ll like them. I can promise, though, that I’ll listen to everything that lands in the mailbag.

So far, I’ve only featured a few songs that came from the mailbag, and I hope to do that more frequently. I still have to make good on a couple of promises, and those will be coming soon. This one arrived in the mailbag just two days ago, and it’s so good that I didn’t want to waste any time passing it along. If you only listen to one song today, make it “Flat Random Noise” by Hurricane Dean. Their debut record is forthcoming, and they’ve just released “Flat Random Noise” as a free single.

This is that song:

Hurricane Dean is an indie rock quartet from Ostfriesland, which is a region in the German state of Lower Saxony. I think their specific town is Papenburg. This is up in the extreme northwest part of the country. Bordering the North Sea to the north and Holland to the west. Not terribly far from Denmark, either.

Hurricane Dean describe their sound as “bright wave”, a mix of new wave and indie. I think that’s a pretty fair assessment. In a weird sort of way, I’m reminded a little bit of the third INXS record — Shabooh Shoobah. When INXS were a cool, interesting new wave band. Before they started filling stadiums with their empty brand of stadium-rock. Before they became soul-less. Hurricane Dean remind me a bit of “good” INXS. They also remind me of the brilliant Danish indie-folk band Efterklang.

When this landed in my mailbag the other day, I was intrigued by the description, taken from their one-sheet. In particular, this line:

Follow them into the fog of their 80s saturated sound where visions of a startling ‚bright wave’ await you.

I clicked the video link, and I was immediately drawn in. There’s hand-claps, some Nordic-looking dudes, and they’re hanging out in a forest, rolling around in the mud a little bit. I mean, that’s Efterklang. Right? The more it reminded me of the video for Efterklang’s “I Was Playing Drums” (HIGHLY recommended, by the way!), the more compelled I was to keep watching. It’s a very nicely done video, and a brilliant song. I’ll encourage you to watch it here

I really love the bright, chiming lead guitars. That’s a really amazing hook. I also like how the first half of the song is bright and crisp, then there’s a slight break at 1:37. For a moment, the guitar drops out and the focus of the song is the dingy bass and the thick drums. It gets really dark for just a few seconds. There’s a specific moment at 1:49 when there’s a thick, heavy bass slap, and a hard crash of the snare. It’s a little bit jarring. A few seconds later, the lyric “You are my heaven, you are my hell”. Then, just like that, it’s back to the bright guitar bits. By the end, Ian Bleeker’s vocals are absolutely soaring. This song takes you to a lot of places, then you want to do it all over again. And again.

You can get your free download of the song “Flat Random Noise” by visiting the band’s website

About dlee

North Carolina born and bred. I'm a restaurant guy who spends free time listening to music, watching hockey and playing Scrabble. I have a bachelor's degree in political science and I will most likely never put it to use. View all posts by dlee

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