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Path to War

by Ted Hu

A blend of sounds ranging from orchestral to digital, Ted Hu is a most dynamic performer taking cues from Tori Amos, Chopin, Emilie Autumn, and pop. You will be magnificently astounded and perplexed.
Genre: Pop: Piano
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1. Horsemen Prelude
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2. La Danse
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3. Anchored
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4. The Engineer
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5. Man
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6. Orange Revolver
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7. Fantasie in Gm
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8. American Perfume
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9. Like Smoke
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10. Appetite
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11. Dinner
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12. American Lullaby
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
This album was created with conflict in mind. Having intricate melodies and piano parts akin to that of Tori Amos and Kate Bush, the content of this record dabbles in romance, friendship, and politics; all the makings of a good fight. "La danse" screams for you to dance that fine line between safe and unsafe, while "American Perfume" drudges up images of Dorian Gray and likens those philosophies to contemporary America. Even at the album's calmest with "Orange Revolver," "Fantasie in Gm," and "American Lullaby," there are always hints of trouble on the horizon. "Dinner" is a fun kitschy tune that dramatically displays a 1950's housewife on the verge of murdering her abusive husband while "Anchored" is indie pop/rock at its best. Hu does not disappoint with his unabashed vocals and theatrical performance on the piano. A little steam punk, a little pop, and a little theater make "Path to War" a great release for 2012.

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Logan Townsend

A Very Promising Path
Path To War floats on the palette with a carefully chosen arsenal of thematic flavors that entice rather than entangle. Many musicians have the tendency to select a theme for an album & then beat their listeners numb with it. Ted Hu avoids this faux pas altogether. This album finds Mr. Hu amidst very accessible, though structurally potent, catchy songs that're made even more lovely by the exquisite production & mixing they feature. Lyrically speaking, Path To War is a museum of vulnerability, resentment, bitterness & at times, even love. These are the songs of a wounded man with no fondness for taking prisoners.

"Horsemen Prelude" opens the Path To War. In this one song alone, Ted introduces us to at least 3 different sonic flavors & signatures. This one is a personal favorite of mine, especially lyrically. "La Danse" arrives next in all of the elegant drama it can dress itself with. Bilingual & gothic by nature (in the sense of literature or architecture), this song is one of Ted's finest. "Anchored" is a fast-paced song that pulls you to the bottom of the ocean with it. Its main riff is super-catchy & the vocal melodies in its choruses & bridge are beautiful. "The Engineer" is another personal face of mine. It's quirky & optimistic musically, contrasting drastically the dark & macabre lyric it houses. "Man," the album's fifth track, slows the pace down a bit for us, putting away PTW's teeth and letting us just exhale with the artist. In my opinion, the song could easily be something a well medicated Emilie Autumn may have penned, a truly charming track. One of the most introspective tracks in my opinion is "Orange Revolver." It's also one of the most magical on the album. The instant indie hit that's aching for a dramatic film to be used in. "Fantasie In Gm" dips us back into the album's initial rich, gothic flavor. Despite its delicate nature, even it proclaims dangerous tidings with the line "when I wake, the Gods will fall." "American Perfume" hustles up next. The song oozes swag & attitude. It is cocky. It is brash. It is everything our materialistic, vain nation holds glorious, however, the second half of the song finds Ted searching desperately for some form of depth amidst all of the hollow. "Like Smoke" has yet to enchant me as did the other songs but its chorus I'm still very fond of. Also the percussive programming is soothing. "Appetite" is all teeth & has become one of my favorites. I love the contrast between the heavy verses and the feather-footed choruses. Murder, horns, arsenic, bitterness; it's what's for "Dinner"! Ted wears tooth and attitude & darkness very well, sonically. Path To War closes with the heart-felt "American Lullaby." If the thought-provoking lyrics don't win you over, Ted's vocal delivery in the chorus surely will.

Ted is a great guy & he happens to make great music. Buy this album. Support the indie music scene. You won't regret it.
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Liz Diamond

Expect the Unexpected
The audio equivalent of the movie My Dinner with Andre--endlessly fascinating, constant surprises.
Ted can write in any style with his own originality. Thoroughly interesting and musically diverse--a real artist.
Liz Diamond, composer and musician
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