The Long Hunt
All Paths Lead to Here
The Long Hunt makes wandering music, so it’s only fitting that its latest release is titled All Paths Lead to Here. The heavy psych, minimalist post-rock moves through valleys of sludgy riffs, ascends into peaks of slithering bass licks and rolls across ambient fields of rock. There are only three members (drums, guitar, bass), but it sounds like many more. The band is entirely instrumental, and it doesn’t need lyrics to weave a tale. All it has to say is delivered through the feeling of each epic track.
In three songs, Jimmy Mayo makes its sharp emo debut. The gruff vocals over poppy punk give life to the angsty lyrics. Jimmy Mayo describes itself as “a group of sad kids writing sad music,” and on S/T it uses its musical vehicle to reflect upon themes like addiction, mental illness, failed romance and nostalgia. It all culminates with the intense EP closer “Will’s Garage,” as the vocalist desperately shouts, “I’m struggling with things I’ve known about myself since I was thirteen.”