by David Carus
A new voice has emerged from Germany that is immediately emotional, intimate and honest. It resonates in a way reminiscent of some of the great rock vocalists of the 80’s and 90’s, painting pictures with angst, longing, and vulnerability. Isy Hunter hits you directly in the gut and pulls your attention right into her tumultuous universe of love gone wrong. Yet, that’s only a part of what’s going on in her music because at the heart of it all is a bravery to confront the damage done and an unyielding courage to rebuild. Exceptional lyrics coupled with a soul baring intensity leaves the listener reeling, reaching and ready for more.
Isy Hunter was born Nicole Brueckner, her musical name inspired by a young boy with a love for guitar named Ismael. When this boy was prevented from playing music, Nicole gave him a new guitar and promised to become famous using his name. As Isy Hunter, this talented singer-songwriter champions the idea that everyone has a voice no matter what the barriers that stand in their way. She grew up with the Berlin Wall, saw it eventually crumble, and understood that being an individual could be hard but always worth the price. Her songs all grasp for that individualism, yearning to connect with a better, stronger version of what we can become. What’s exciting is that she sees something greater and wants it really bad. Her longing to be better puts the audience right there with her, letting us touch greater heights with our fingertips.
The song “Somtimes” is a fantastic introduction to Isy Hunter. With its naked openness and vulnerability of emotion, you can’t help but be drawn into the feeling of having butterflies in your stomach and trying to hold onto them before they fly away. It’s a song about self-doubt and the questions we often ask ourselves while we move through life. The tender honesty of it is refreshing and we’re left to float in the wonderment of experiencing love for what it often is: scary, exhilarating and pointing its finger at who we want to be and forcing us to decide. “I Don’t Miss You” is like listening to a great Nirvana record. It’s all about carrying on despite the recognized mistakes, struggling to find oneself after losing, and a profound desire for change. It’s a mature song about knowing what you’ve done, taking responsibility for it however you can and finding a road out. One of the big themes in Isy’s music is communication and with “Hey Jay” she delivers a classic rock number that tackles it head on. Lyrics like “I love you more than I can say,” reveal so much about the conversations that need to happen in relationships. It’s liberating to hear the words “Hey Jay” sung because we’re hearing pure causative action, someone fighting for love and doing it with real communication.
The world needs the kind of truthful emotion and independent spirit that’s in Isy Hunter’s music. Her voice is an important one because it breaks through darkness like the sun coming through your window in the morning. You can hear that this incredible artist cares about people and the world. If only we were all so lucky to possess a voice like hers, capable of carrying a message of hope.
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