Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Review -- HINTERLAND -- Pan Pan Medico

PAN PAN MEDICO
Hinterland
Submerged Records
8-out-of-10
Hinterland comes at us from Vancouver with a sound that is a modern blend of styles. There is an underlying foundation of electronica driven music, but the overall sound probably best fits the conceptual parametres of dream pop/new wave.The Hinterland sound really comes down to the vocal sound of Michaela Galloway. Her voice has an ethereal quality on this CD. She has a voice that literally floats over and through the music. There is a sort of mystical feel to the music.That said, she has a high female voice, and for my ears that is always one that can at times grow a tad tedious. Fortunately, Galloway is able to mix styles enough to keep me focused as a listener. For example, she slows things down on the cut Future Ghost, and the result is a haunting number which is easily the best on the album. It is a melodic piece that shows just how good this vocalist can be.Musically, Future Ghost has a beautiful arrangement too, one filled with mood and life.You would of course expect a solid effort on Pan Pan Medico given the fact it is Hinterland's third release. It follows on the heels of The Picture Plane, a CD that met with top-50 success on Canadian college radio charts.Certainly the style here is one that should meet with interest from younger listeners, because it borrows from, and blends nicely, several modern music styles and themes. In that regard Hinterland is a very forward looking unit, one willing to explore the modern pop genre in rather fresh ways.You can check out this band at www.hinterland.bc.ca, but before you go that far, just find this CD, it's a pleasant musical experience which will not disappoint.
-- CALVIN DANIELS

-- Review first appeared in Yorkton This Week newspaper Nov. 26, 2008 - Yorkton, SK. Canada

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