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  • Summary: The third full-length solo release for the Chilean-American multi-instrumentalist was written and recorded over 12 days.
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  • Record Label: Ipecac
  • Genre(s): Pop/Rock, Alternative/Indie Rock, Experimental Rock, Alternative Singer/Songwriter
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  1. Uncut
    Jul 31, 2020
    Think Screaming Trees' Dust, or Chris Cornell's Euphoria Morning, steeped in folk and psychedelia, the teenage angst of old weathered if not quite mellowed. [Aug 2020, p.30]
  2. Jul 31, 2020
    Hum is resonant, sorrowful, and hopeful. It reveals Johannes to be a songwriter who has more in common with Harvey, Marissa Nadler, and Chelsea Wolfe than his hard-rocking male peers. Hum stands with Chris Connelly's Art & Gender, Nick Cave's The Boatman's Call, and the late Jackie Leven's Creatures of Light and Darkness as a musical cartography of the masculine heart in all of its complexity, contradiction, and oft-hidden vulnerability.
  3. Jul 31, 2020
    Its calmness in the face of life’s trials is truly inspiring. That something so thoughtful and positive could come from such a turbulent time is someone’s life is astounding, and showcases just what a great songwriter Alain Johannes is.
  4. Classic Rock Magazine
    Jul 31, 2020
    A largely acoustic album, its haunting quality is brought out by a variety of alternative tunings and ambient drones, as well as lyrical meditations on mortality and emotional healing that are delivered with a psychedelic clarity. [Aug 2020, p.88]
  5. Mojo
    Jul 31, 2020
    Much of Hum has a brooding, measured Nick Drake-ish intensity, driven by fast, intricate folky picking. [Sep 2020, p.92]