Hank Midnight Explores The Inner Depths Of The ‘Motel’
I am always rather cautious of concept albums. My usual feeling is that if an album has a story to tell or a message to give, that meaning should become evident throughout the impending tracks. Rather than create some ulterior concept in order to create something captivating, I usually believe that it is much more natural for an artist to create freely without some gimmick as a guide. However, that is definitely not always the case. Every once in a while, an artist comes along with an idea that is worth fleshing out and exploring. Brooding Brooklyn songwriter Hank Midnight musters up a concept album that is certainly worth delving into. With his fourth album and second full length album, Motel, Hank Midnight creates a haunting vignette that is certainly worth a listen.
In Motel, Hank Midnight reveals new characters to us in each song. Every new track brings the listener into the world of a new eerie character. The album’s lead singe “The Mirror” sets the tone for a haunting and contemplative journey. Clearly designed to be played at a high volume, “The Mirror” rumbles with somber blues guitar chords paired well with Hank’s resonant almost melancholy vocals. The extensive 18 track saga really showcases Hank Midnight’s chops as a singer and song writer.
With brooding and contemplative songs like “The Realization,” “Hold” and “TV Box/Static” the listener is allowed to float in and out of the world of these mysterious characters. The stand out track on this album is certainly “How We Want,” an electro-infused track that picks up steam with a an undeniably inciting momentum.
My favorite aspect of this album comes towards the end when the album takes a more uplifting tone. The final three tracks “For Clarity,” “Cigarette Smoke” and “Exist, Connect,” Midnight wraps up the album with a considerable uptick in the latent energy of this project. Adding an almost soulful tone to his work, Midnight warps up Motel with a mystifying conclusion.