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"Under the Waterline" CD

Hybrid Electric Records

Genres: indie pop, dream pop, space rock

Hybrid Electric
PO Box 1261
Lincoln Park MI

Apr 19 - 25 2004

Hinterland's Under the Waterline is a tremendously enjoyable album.  From the opening melodies to the final tune's last gasp, you will be entrapped in this disc's melodic brilliance.  Though the songs often go past the five minute mark, they are strong enough compositions to keep you engaged nonetheless.  The style is a sort of spacey dream pop, combining blissful female vocals with epic, instrumental backgrounds and powerful hooks.

"Aspidistra" is a fine example of this album's type of song.  A simple guitar pattern is laid down, and breezy, ethereal vocals are sung over top.  The result is the type of thing you'd expect on a Blisscent compilation - dreamy, infectious pop fitted for snow-covered neighbourhoods at night.  "Heavy-Eyed and Hiding" is similar, with a cozy, personal structure that will melt even the most coal-filled hearts.  It could be the soundtrack to summer love, it could be the soundtrack to winter loneliness - that all depends on your mood.

Hinterland's Under the Waterline is not the greatest dream-pop album to ever come out, but it is certainly a fine one.  I challenge anyone to debate the brilliance of "Tiger Tiger."


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 10 tracks, distributed by the label, released 2003]