The Dear Hunter is the opus of Casey Cresenzo, former vocalist, guitarist, and creative force behind Boston electro-posthardcore outfit, The Receiving End of Sirens. Cresenzo impressed many with his work in TREOS; their combination of traditional instruments with carefully synchronized electronic segments and anthemic hooks brought the band much acclaim from critics as well as establishing a dedicated fan base. But now all that is past and frankly, without Cresenzo, the band will never be the same. Fortunately he has decided to keep pursuing his musical endeavors through the Dear Hunter. Act I: The Lake South, the River North is the most well-orchestrated music I’ve heard in a long time. Each song, save for the short ones, is comprised of so many different segments. Within each song Cresenzo brings an amalgam of instruments together, including traditional, electronic, and orchestral (at times it seems like an entire symphony is backing him up). Cresenzo deservingly earns himself the title of maestro with Act I; it takes an advanced, musical mind to even begin constructing a mental image of the epic songs found on this EP. It’s hard to fit the Dear Hunter into one genre, but I can tell you this: if you don’t like Cresenzo’s sound (which you honestly must be crazy not to) then you’ll at least respect the music immensely for its intricate arrangments. That’s something that can’t be said for most artists today.