Soundbite: “Hibou” by Hibou

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Hibou has this ability to send you off into this 80’s-alternative, new-wave, dream-like club. It has a dark, grungy sound with twinkly, subtle pop tunes. This self-titled album consists of 11 tracks, all of which, from start to finish, are phenomenal. It’s in the effects of the guitars and in Hibou’s dreamy voice.

The band’s one and only member, Peter Michael, is only 21 but has some serious talent. Before performing under the alias Hibou, Michael toured with the band Craft Spells as their drummer but decided to take a solo route in 2013. This Seattle native received positive reviews after releasing a couple of songs, and this is his debut album.

I highly recommend this artist for morning drives with the windows down because it’s just the right kind of music to get your day started, since it’s not too in your face; one can never go wrong in the subgenre of chill-wave. There are moments where you could mistake Hibou for The Cure or even The Smiths ― there’s that 80’s alternative sneaking in. Then, in other instances, you get these Depeche Mode-esque, new-wave vibes. Hibou artistically manages to combine these two with a dreamy, modern twist that can liven up even your dreariest days.

You can catch Hibou on Sunday, Oct. 25 at Revolution Live.

 

Perfect if you like: STRFKR, Wild Nothings and Mac DeMarco

Favorite tracks: “Dissolve,” “Eleanor” and “Hide Away”

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