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Any December
-Hide & Seek-
By Bob Silvestri

Any December brings a refreshing sound to the abyss currently dominating the musical landscape with their release Hide & Seek. The band (A.J. Dicembre-vocals/guitar, Alexander Heinrich-piano, Travis Gruszka-drums and David Sousa-bass) has a piano dominated sound that brings a maturity and sophistication to the songs. “Alora” builds in tempo and dynamics before exploding with a gorgeous hook in the chorus. “Typical Love” is another song that uses dynamics to great effect. This time restraint is the key to the song. The bass and drums set the tempo but are never overpowering instead letting Dicembre’s wounded and pleading vocals mesh with the piano melody to drive the song home. “Long Goodbyes”, “What To Forget About”, the title track “Hide & Seek” and “Empty Puddles” round out the disc and are as impressive as the two afore mentioned songs. Independently produced by the band and engineered by Dave Camarda the live symphonic sound is commanding. One of the best local releases of 2004, Hide & Seek from Any December deserves a listen. For more check out www.anydecember.com

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