The Dear Hunter Impress With New Song, “Waves”


Oh, Casey Crescenzo. I know I am engaged to be married in under a year’s time, but if I could run away with the music he creates with The Dear Hunter I would leave my gal at the alter without a second thought. I think she would understand, but even if she didn’t – oh well.

To be serious for a moment, The Dear Hunter have shared another song off their highly-anticipated new album, Act IV: Rebirth In Reprise. The track, titled “Waves,” had its world premiere on Billboard earlier today. You can stream the song at the end of this post.

“With writing ‘Waves’, it was an example of the eerie periodic parallels with my life that occur when writing this fictional story,” Crescenzo tells Billboard. “At the surface, it’s somewhat of a grand middle finger to love, but at its heart, the song is truly about growing and learning from those experiences that seem so earth shattering in the moment.”

I cannot express my thoughts on “Waves” with the same artistic talent of Crescenzo just yet, but suffice to say my first several spins of the song left me absolutely floored. With each album–and to an extent each individual song–The Dear Hunter find a way to completely reinvent themselves in ways even more entrancing than whatever came before. “Waves” is the latest example of this talent, and I’m confident it won’t be the last. Comment below and let us know if you agree.

Act IV: Rebirth In Reprise arrives in stores September 4. Click here to see the pre-order options currently available.

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  • David Turner

    I’ve been a fan of The Dear Hunter since 2009, when Act III came out. I was a little disappointed by Migrant, while the Color Spectrum, in my opinion, was such a massive release of music that I don’t think I ever got to appreciate the quality of each individual song. With A Night on the Town and now Waves, I am relieved to finally say that the Acts are back and they sound very true to the sound that I fell in love with years ago. The line, “I’m preparing for a burial at sea, but I can see the lighthouse” is inspiring and hits at home pretty hard. Once again, a beautiful arrangement by an incredibly talented man and band. I really can’t wait for this album to drop!

  • Brian Lion

    I believe this is pretty much the same thoughts and feelings all long-time fans have. Migrant was fine but kind of forgettable after awhile and there are certainly songs from the Color Spectrum that I don’t even remember exist but so far, Act IV is glorious and everything I hoped for.

  • melinda_houston2