Blue Hawaii - In Two
From debut album Untogether
Been waiting for the debut from these guys for the past two years since they blew me away with their Blooming Summer cassette from Arbutus. I had just picked up the first Grimes cassette, and I was delving further down the Arbutus rabbit hole. That barely 30min 8 track cassette remains one of my favorites I’ve ever had the privilege to pick up. Two years later that album’s quality has held up tremendously, and I can’t recommend it strongly enough as some of the most beautiful and exquisite dream pop. You should probably go download it from BnDcmP right now (name-your-own price)
For better or worse, it seems Untogether has taken things in a fairly different direction. Immediately coming from Blooming Summer, you hear that this sounds more beat driven, with generous vocal distortion & processing. I guess the thing that just keeps coming to mind is that Blue Hawaii sounds like they’re trying to sound like Grimes. Just sometimes. Makes sense label mates n all, prob best friends, but things sound just a little too similar at times. On first listen I do like Untogether; its a beautiful album with a some stand out tracks…but maybe just not as beautiful as Blooming Summer. I do have distinct feeling that it will grow on me.
Wish I had some information on its release format etc, but there doesn’t seem to be any hard intelligence yet besides that it’ll be out January 22nd. Let hope this sees a release on vinyl, and keep an eye on the good folks over at Arbutus until then. While they’re at it, a re-release of Blooming Summer on vinyl would be killer as well.Source: what.cd