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  • Summary: The third full-length studio release for the duo that includes the Mazzy Star singer and My Bloody Valentine's Colm Ó Cíosóig features a guest appearance from Kurt Vile.
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  1. Magnet
    Dec 15, 2016
    80
    As mood music for a particularly rainy series of months, it's a perfectly bummed-out comedown. [No. 138, p.60]
  2. Nov 4, 2016
    80
    While the glorious noise that band is known for is largely absent from “Under the Hunter,” Ó Cíosóig’s steady hand makes even the superficially tranquil explorations of sound in these songs to seem alive with curiosity and movement.
  3. Nov 3, 2016
    80
    Seven years is a long time to wait between albums, but if that's how long it takes to make the album as good as this is, then the wait was worth it.
  4. Nov 4, 2016
    80
    How they pack so much emotion and feel into so little is nothing short of magical. Their previous bands might have dazzled with sheen and noise, but Until The Hunter impresses with the bare minimum from start to finish.
  5. 75
    At times the songs could do with a bit of pruning, the elongated blues of the closing “Liquid Lady” overstays its welcome somewhat, but Until the Hunter is an immersive and rewarding record that will keep admirers of their other bands happy and shows that side projects can be more than rock star folly.
  6. Nov 4, 2016
    75
    It is a pleasure definitively for the listener, and from all reports for the musicians as well.
  7. Q Magazine
    Nov 15, 2016
    60
    An album that seeks to pull you under from the off and that, by and large, succeeds. [Jan 2017, p.112]

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  1. Nov 5, 2016
    10
    Hope Sandoval and the Warm inventions' third album is an intoxicating piece of narcotised psychedelia that stands as their best to date.Hope Sandoval and the Warm inventions' third album is an intoxicating piece of narcotised psychedelia that stands as their best to date. Haunted and enveloping the album is almost hypnotic in its warm but sometimes eerie embrace. There is a beautiful strangeness lurking just out of reach on the record, a dreamlike atmosphere that summons images of haunted woodlands and bottomless lakes. Even the glorious duet with Kurt Vile sounds like a ghost transmission from the 70s. Absolutely gorgeous! Expand