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If music is the echo of an invisible world then Casey Crescenzo--mastermind behind The Dear Hunter--has found a way to capture the ineffable through his craft. A multi-instrumentalist and vocalist from a young age, Casey was taught everything he knows by his mother and father. In 2005, what began as an escape, an alternate means of creative fulfillment, finally took center stage and eclipsed all that came before it. The Dear Hunter is a musical project irreducible to a single genre and defies trite claims to classification. It is greater than the sum of its parts and reflects the mountain of musical influences forming Casey’s talent as soon as he was old enough to understand melody. Those influences have forged into one voice that truly knows no boundaries, borders, or barriers. The Color Spectrum is the sound of one man's interpretation of the world around him. Its vast scope and daring premise belie the often simplistic messages found in Casey's words, those of hope, love, faith, fear, death, life, and even afterlife.
From The Dear Hunter’s inception in the early 2000s, a story has remained affixed to the band's music. Like so many bands that get roped into a category, there comes a time when the desire arises to break the shackles and confines of a certain set of parameters, and for Casey Crescenzo, that time is now. The characters of Act 1: The Lake South The River North, Act II: The Meaning of, and All Things Regarding Ms. Leading, and Act III: Life and Death, have been (perhaps temporarily) laid to rest to give way to Casey's true vision, a vision that speaks from the heart and the mind of a man his fans have longed to know more closely for years. In Casey's own words, "There was a moment in my studio when I was sitting with a friend, and we were discussing what I would do next. I told him I was burnt out, and felt I needed a break from writing records that were stuck in the world of Act I-III, and at that moment it became inevitable. I would set off to finish The Color Spectrum, and wouldn't stop until I was holding the final project in hand." Fans and new listeners alike now have the opportunity to experience life through his eyes as they never have before. There are no fictional characters; there is no guise or all-encompassing dramatic premise. We are left with one man, and a sonic interpretation of how he sees the world. Devoted fans of the band have followed the story of "the boy," "Ms. Leading," and so on, through the first three acts, experiencing the music as almost a score, or soundtrack to the characters' journeys. This time, the journey is purely Casey Crescenzo’s.