Hurricane Chaser | The Map Is Not The Territory

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The Map Is Not The Territory

by Hurricane Chaser

Hurricane Chaser is a five piece band from Seattle that combines the feel of classic Americana with soulful rhythms and adventurous soundscapes.
Genre: Rock: Americana
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Racing a River
4:34 album only
2. The Heist
4:05 album only
3. Sparrow
4:46 album only
4. Barricades
4:21 album only
5. Blue Turns to Grey
5:09 album only
6. Black and White
4:28 album only
7. Crowds of the City
4:26 album only
8. Couldn\'t Beat the Wind
5:02 album only
9. Feels Like Home
4:28 album only
10. The Lighthouse
4:29 album only


Album Notes
The music of Hurricane Chaser feels like the experience of déjà
vu…new yet strangely familiar. This feeling is given voice in
“Racing a River”, the opening track off their 2009 debut, The
Map Is Not The Territory,
“I’ve seen this place before / standing at the intersection / of a
dream and a memory”.
It is this crossroads between dream and memory that pervades
much of Brad Zeffren’s writing on this record, with many lines
evoking the sentiment that a memory, though constantly
shifting, is the only thing a person can ever really own. Tied to
this idea is the notion that in our pursuits, we miss what we’re
really looking for, lost in the conflict between ambition and
happiness. The idea is best summed up in “Barricades”
“I never can surrender from the chase / So I’m running down
tomorrow / while today just passed me by”
Hurricane Chaser frames these lyrical ideas with music that is
equal parts hypnotic and rustic. The songs are firmly grounded
in the rich tradition of Americana that includes The Band, Neil
Young and Townes Van Zandt, but when voiced by the members
of the band they take on the more rhythmic elements of
old-school latin and soul music, and then get a healthy dose of
rock guitar. Current musical contemporaries include Calexico,
My Morning Jacket, Wilco, Jesse Sykes and the Sweet Hereafter,
and Ryan Adams and the Cardinals.
The Map Is Not The Territory was produced by Brad Zeffren
(Star Anna, Kristen Ward, Nathan Wade), and marked the first
time the Seattle area producer stepped out from behind the
board to get in front of a mic. One of the last albums to be
recorded before the closing of Seattle’s beloved Chroma
Sound, which Zeffren was a co-founder of, there was an
urgency to the sessions that can be felt in the tracks. “I knew
the clock was ticking, and that this record had to be done at
Chroma, so we just put our heads down and dug in.”



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