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Album Review

Hydroplane are the ambient dream pop offshoot of Aussie indie group the Cat's Miaow. The Cat's Miaow write mostly uptempo, jangling pop songs, but here they do away with any semblance of tempo and are content to drift peacefully along on lush beds of synths and guitars. The songs are nice and quiet, the female vocals are melancholy, hushed, and remarkably for an indie pop group, mostly in tune. The overall feel is that of sleepwalking through a field of really soft things; tissue, clouds, pillows. In fact one sometimes wishes for a hook or a change in dynamics to break through the cotton-candy and grab the listener, but it never happens. Nevertheless, this is a well-played, pleasant sounding record. If you are looking for soothing and calm indie pop, you could do a lot worse.


Formed: Australia

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Having gotten together in 1996, Hydroplane's original intention was to only release one album and then disappear for the sake of remaining a mystery. Ultimately resulting in Drive-In Records releasing their 1997 self-titled album, the positive response of the band's use of traditional dream pop and female-led vocals inspired Hydroplane to remain a full-time act. For the next two years, their hometown of Melbourne would see a...
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