The Sound of Changing Places
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||Merry-Go-Round||Hydroplane||3:55||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Farmer's Boys Flexi Disc||Hydroplane||4:09||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Bouncing Ball||Hydroplane||2:50||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Closing In||Hydroplane||4:43||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||International Exiles||Hydroplane||4:54||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Kangaroo and Map||Hydroplane||5:39||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Tap Dance Routine||Hydroplane||0:32||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Shy Quiet Type||Hydroplane||2:45||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Mauve Xylophone||Hydroplane||3:39||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Embassy Cafe||Hydroplane||1:56||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||Cry My Heart||Hydroplane||4:00||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
||World Without You||Hydroplane||3:44||0,99 €||View in iTunes|
It's hard not to love the Cat's Miaow's fragile, windswept pop miniatures, but the band's ambient space pop alter ego, Hydroplane, is a different animal altogether. Most reminiscent of early Stereolab, particularly in vocalist Kerrie Bolton's similarities to Stereolab's Laetitia Sadier, their ice-cool soundscapes fail to make much of an emotional impact, a disconnect the Cat's Miaow never suffers. For The Sound of Changing Places, Bolton and partner Andrew Withycombe largely forsake the sweet melodicism of their past efforts; only "International Exiles," not coincidentally dedicated to Cat's Miaow-mate Bart, lodges in the memory without prolonged exposure, instead favoring weightless, sterile electronic bleeps and drones that only occasionally belie their humanity. The record's highlights, "Kangaroo and Map" and "World Without You," combine analog buzzing with an acoustic guitar lead to appealingly recall the Cat's Miaow's finest efforts — they're ones to grow on.
Years Active: '90s, '00s