By Mandy McGee
(Photo by Luca Venter)
Seattle’s Hibou (pronounced eee-boo) aka Peter Michel is preparing to release his second album, Something Familiar, in March on Barsuk Records and has just dropped the first video for it. “Fall Into” has a 70’s vibe to it which is implicative in this video. It still encompasses his signature dreaminess and poppy riffs, but with a new level of maturity. Peter states “I was still a teenager when I was writing the first album,” he explains. “All of the songs feel a little one-faced. They’re about relationships and love and summertime and things like that. On this upcoming album, I really challenged myself lyrically to get a little more personal and talk about some of the darker parts of myself.”
I really love the imagery in this video. I am a visual artist and think it is essential to have striking videos with music. I also have a crush on weird images, things that may not make sense to everyone. In this video, I thoroughly enjoy the vases of flowers crashing, the bloody nose, the sheets blowing in the wind and complimentary colors.
This song and video give me a sense of calm and comfort even though anxiety and chaos crash all around. It reflects what he stated in his press release “Anxiety is an incredibly strange thing, and everyone has different forms of it. I think that songwriting was a really necessary way for me to try to express that because people would always ask about it: What does it feel like? Describe it. I’d never been able to put it into words. It was such a relief when I began to experiment and communicate the effects of my anxiety with textures and poetry, rather than conversations.” As a person with anxiety as well, I am very eager for Something Familiar to come out.
For more info check out Hibou’s follow the links below and get prepared for a short tour starting in March in support of the new release.