Friday Favorites: the Hush Sound

The Hush Sound no longer exists. The videos below are five years old. And yet, I still love this band from Chicago. I listen to them all the time. I made a ringtone years ago, which I still use. Their excellence lasts beyond their current hiatus.

But what is it about this indie quartet that keeps me coming back for more? Is it this awesome exercise in typography?


(Answer: yes, but that’s not all).

What makes the Hush Sound one of my top five favorite bands is a combination of a few things. First, the vocals. The male and female lead vocals (Bob Morris and Greta Salpeter) combine to something near magical, a sweet balance of delicateness and strength. The band simply wouldn’t have the same effect with only one voice.

And what an effect they have. The almost classical piano combines with the electric guitar, bass and drums for a sound and feeling very unique to the music industry. I love all three of their albums: So Sudden, Like Vines, and Goodbye Blues (especially the Deluxe version) in their own ways, but Goodbye Blues has always stuck out for a reason beyond simply being awesome. It has a classy feel to it, reminiscent of The Great Gatsby. The album tells an intricate story with its moving lyrics and distinct style, a sort of beautiful train wreck of love.

Spotify doesn’t have the normal version of “Wine Red,” one of their more popular songs, but listen to it below or check it out on iTunes or the actual CD (I bought my copy for only a few dollars on Amazon.) Many of their other wonderful songs can be heard here: BoumBox’s Hush Sound sampler

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