New Audio: The Dreamy and Summery, 80s Synth Pop of Hibou

Hibou is the musical project of the up-and-coming Seattle-based producer and electronic music artist Peter Michel, whose music career initially began while Michel was still in high school, when he was he recruited to join Craft Spells. His debut album Dunes received attention for a sound that drew deeply from 80s synth pop and his soon-to-be released, self-titled, sophomore effort will likely cement his reputation for 80s synth pop paired with shimmering guitars played through reverb pedal and a summery feel. The self-titled EP’s first single “Eleanor” is a breezy and nostalgic-leaning pop sound comprised of swirling and cascading synths paired, four-on-the-floor drums paired with earnest and plaintive vocals, pleading for his Eleanor. Sonically, the song reminds me of the likes of St. Lucia, Haerts, Washed Out and the Cascine Records roster, in the sense that it captures with an uncanny accuracy the sound of dreamy 80s synth pop but with modern production flourishes.