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The sleeve of this record has a picture of a person hugging a ghost that looks weirdly familiar...didn’t Placebo or someone do that already? I suppose it doesn’t really matter. This is not a Placebo record. It is in fact the work of Blue Hawaii, a duo who are somewhat confusingly actually from Montreal. The mind boggles.There’s music to talk about too of course. These two are pla ...

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Untogether by Blue Hawaii
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8/10 Mike Staff review, 27 February 2013

The sleeve of this record has a picture of a person hugging a ghost that looks weirdly familiar...didn’t Placebo or someone do that already? I suppose it doesn’t really matter. This is not a Placebo record. It is in fact the work of Blue Hawaii, a duo who are somewhat confusingly actually from Montreal. The mind boggles.

There’s music to talk about too of course. These two are playing a kind of chilly, laid back minimal bedroom synthpop with sultry female vocals often processed and chopped up to interesting effect, sometimes bringing to mind Laurie Anderson but with more of a conventional pop approach to structure and arrangements, maybe a touch of Julia Holter too, particularly on the excellent ‘Sweet Tooth’.

It’s all really smoothly done, with silky melodies and light electronic beats languoring in plenty of open space, sometimes making me think of The Knife if they were trying not to wake a sleeping child upstairs. At times, such as ‘In Two II’, the delicate little synth hooks are draped on a crisp techno beat for a dark, morphing thudder of a track, but this is pretty chilled out stuff on the whole. Smooth and precise late night synthpop with a spacious, shimmering charm.


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