Despite keeping up a solid jogging pace, Dunes comes across as slow and comfortable, like getting back to a favorite spot for the weekend. It’s everything that’s the opposite of negative degree wind-chills and scraping ice off of the windshield with a plastic butter knife (unless you’re really into that sort of thing).
Hibou is an offshoot of Craft Spells, but their musical similarities are separated by a wide enough gap. The five tracks on Dunes play it relatively safe, relying on a more typical dream-pop structure; melody driven tunes with that spotless driving guitar as a tough backbone.
Hibou has definitely tapped into the juicy core of this genre. The pseudo eighties pop reflections and the slightly washed out vocals and instrumentation are alive and well in every track on Dunes. And while I’m an easy fan, I could understand how some listeners would write Dunes off as redundant in such an over-saturated genre.
Still, it’s a very competent, melody driven record that’s perfect for adding to the “bring this out when friends are over” collection.
3.Above Us 3:40
4.In The Sun 2:47