Hooverphonic combines spacy dream-pop with trip-hop drum n bass. They change singers after their first album.
A New Stereophonic Sound Spectacular- 1996
Combine a drum and bass thump with swirling, gurgling synthesizers, add a breathy, melancholy female vocalist, plenty of atmospherics, and apply it all to melodic pop songs, and if you get everything just right, you've got this album.
The guitars, used as one of the atmospheric devices (along with samples and keyboards) alternate between heavy heavy fuzz, a twangy surf guitar sound, and an echo-heavy lightly distorted sound that evokes U2's The Edge's version of Michael Brook's infinite guitar. The combination of the electronic and live guitars is refreshing, even if the guitars are used sparingly.
While the general formula remains true throughout, songs are varied in tempo and mood, from a slow depressing stagger to an almost bossa-nova-ish fury. Wardrope, for instance, uses a bulbous 3 note bass line, uses well toned drum fills, and drops an incredible flute solo into the middle of the song.
Some songs, like Inhaler and Revolver, use voice samples (An advertisement for "stereo" and CB chatter, respectively) that seem a little out of place at first but actually serve to vary the album's tone.