Quick hitters:: Blue Hawaii Blooming Summer

Real G’s rock tapes. Words to live by, and when it comes to the good folks at Arbutus records, a solid business model. The Montreal label offers up some of Canada’s most creative bands in a format trying as hard as Antoine Walker to make a comeback.

 

First it was Grimes, and now the tropical, electro-pop of Blue Hawaii makes me wish I kept my Sony Sports yellow Walkmen. Blooming Summer is an all-too-brief, end of the night exercise in relaxation. Lush, ambient electronics and soothing synths transport you as Raph and Agor’s vocals sink into your temporal lobe. It’s almost impossible to hear the gentle electronic wash, vibraphone-inspired synths and echoed vocals of “Castle of Clouds” and not feel like you are sitting on some white sand beach watching the sun bottom out into the horizon.

 

And while that hazy, surf side ocean feel they deliver is impressive, the duo makes the smart decision to vary their sound. “Lilac” feels more like a quiet night on a rooftop in the city as it does a seaside escape, the staccato rhythms of “Sparkle Market” and the deep bass and electro pulse of “Katie” give you just enough change of pace and emotion to stagger the listen, and the torment you hear in in the vocals that start “Belize” hint that everything might not be as sunny as you’d think in Blue Hawaii.

 

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MP3:: Blue Hawaii - Lilac

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MP3:: Blue Hawaii - Castle of Clouds
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