Feature: Huntly – Sentimental Still
Melbourne/Naarm-based genre-melders Huntly unveil their sophomore album Sentimental Still today via Dot Dash / Remote Control, a deeply introspective omnibus that shines an addictive light on relationships and connection.
Showcasing Huntly’s vulnerability, ‘Shame‘ pairs Elspeth Scrine’s angelic vocals with the duo’s signature jagged, UK D&B production. The track offer’s an insight into Scrine’s open heart as a lyricist, and the way personal experiences can be made so relatable to the outside listener.
Huntly demonstrate new evolution on Sentimental Still as their work explores the nature of relationships and a dedication to intimacy in all its forms. The album is a stunning collection of music highlighting a myriad of influences from UK garage, breakbeat, electronic-pop and alternative R&B.
As a whole collection, the LP provides a perfect gateway for newcomers to discover the wider Huntly discography; for longtime fans, Sentimental Still is the most cohesive representation of Huntly’s creative identity to date.
Written between 2019 and 2021, Scrine and Andrew Huhtanen McEwan brought together their experiences as songwriters along with Scrine’s experiences as a therapist and academic in music therapy. Sentimental Still – as a result – is an album that for Scrine, a dedication to the nuances of the human condition and a therapeutic process of exploring different forms of connection and separation, with care.
Across its ten tracks, Sentimental Still effortlessly moves into different sonic and emotional territories; dancefloor-primed cuts meet moments of emotional euphoria with natural ease.
Songs such as ‘Undertage’ and ‘It’s You I’m Here For’ are unique insights into moments of pure happiness that come with newfound crushes and friendships. They also demonstrate Huntly’s exploration of intimacy in all forms; platonic is as important as romantic, and a love for your friends is equally as crucial as those feelings of the deep love we can feel for romantic partners.
Through the musicianship both Scrine and McEwan have developed on these live stages and in the studio, Sentimental Still is an album of music that listeners can dance to; cry to; fall in love to and ultimately, find comfort in.
Huntly‘s Sophomore album Sentimental Still is available NOW via Dot Dash / Remote Control Records.