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Belgium’s Thou mixes dreamy, dramatic pop with post-trip-hop beats. The six-piece group features vocalist/organist Will de Wolf, vocalist/guitarist Bart Vincent, guitarist Pim de Wolf, bassist Bart Depoortere, drummer Geert De Waegeneer, and arranger/sonic manipulator Hans Rabaey. The group’s initial two albums — 1997’s Une Poupee Pour M’amuser and 1998’s Hello within this Sun resulted in evaluations to Bristol’s pre-eminent trip-hop duo, Portishead, an association that was strengthened on the third record and U.S. debut Put Us in Melody. The group documented at Portishead’s house studio room, borrowing their discarded tempo tracks because of their own music. PJ Harvey guitarist/manufacturer John Parish, violinist Richard Hunt, Roni Size bassist Si John, and Belgian vocalist Mauro also collaborated on Place Us in Melody, that was released by SeeThru in early 2001.

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