Canada’s Montreal, the area for blossoming musicians, has yet again sprung more boundary pushing talent. Following in the footsteps of the likes of Grimes, the electronic couple ‘Blue Hawaii’, signed to Arbutus, are back together with ‘Untogether’.
The album, a cave of dark echoey mood swings and hidden treasures, was written after the duo, consisting of Raphaelle Standell-Preston and Alex ‘Agor’ Cowan, spent almost a year away from each other. A lot of time was spent writing at night, creating chord progressions amongst early hours. It shows. Throughout, the album feels like a soundtrack to a midnight walk in the park. It’s clear the synth parts have been thought out to a great degree by Cowan, shadowing every flex in Standell-Preston’s voice – but to such restraint that while it may be atmospheric, in places the LP is transient be it for better or worse.
Try To Be is the brightest of lights on the album. A stand out. It’s a level of catchiness that lifts your head up to see where it’s coming from after a long day at work, with arpeggio harmonies and totally entrancing loops that keep you intertwined with the eerie, delicate magic at play.
Currently organising a tour, Blue Hawaii are bubbling under the surface, armed with a proliferating catalogue of emotionally driven songs that will not only move you – but make you move.