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Boomkat Product Review:
Hopewell's Jason Russo earned his indie rock stripes touring with Mercury Rev at just age 19. Hopewell carries over the psychedelic pop influence such an experience will inevitably have on a writer and results in Russo's embrace of elaborate and fanciful hooks. Jason's brother Justin ploughs a similar furrow in his similarly excellent band The Silent League, but while the multi-instrumental excursions of that band are suggestive of an epic, orchestral ambition, Hopewell succed in the field by adopting a comparatively straight-forward approach to psych-tinged classic rock. 'Bethlehem' isn't too far away from Wilco's recent output, while the Beach Boys-via-Animal Collective melodic eccentricity of Monolith pushes the boat out a little bit further. The album's production is worth mentioning too: where previously Dave Fridmann had assisted behind the desk (on the band's 2005 album Hopewell & The Birds Of Appetite) Max Avery Lichtenstein (Mercury Rev, Camphor) and Bill Racine (Rogue Wave, Mates Of State) have overseen the recording of Beautiful Targets, keeping things sounding tight where necessary, but not shy of cooking up some soaring string section dynamics when necessary.