Family Ties by Drew Hunter: Review
The 25-year-old musician from Denver Drew hunter’s newest single is a heartfelt ballad about toxic relationships with one’s family members.
It’s one thing to sing about toxic relationships with one’s romantic partners or friends or acquaintances, but it’s a completely different beast when it comes to opening up about the negativities with your family members–– with whom you’ve spent your whole life. Even if they have our best interest in their mind, more often than not they end up pushing us down and draining our energy doing more harm than good. Sometimes to save yourself and your sanity there is no way left but to cut the family ties.
Like the toxicity that slowly builds up, Drew Hunter penned the tune in such an arrangement that it conveys the complete spectrum of the emotions one goes through in its three-and-a-half-minute playtime. The moody build-up, the changes in the moods, and that underlying sense of sadness and disappointment are beautifully illustrated by the genre-bending instrumentation. From the synths to the stringed instruments to the hard-hitting drums to the guitar breakdowns everything just elevates the song’s message. Drew Hunter’s dynamic vocals incorporating different vocal techniques on different parts of the song just are just incredible. It’s without a doubt, he poured his heart out with every word of this song and it made it even more emotional and beautiful.
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Photo credits: David Shimenko
Review by: Gabe Finch