New Age On A Board is an semi-ambient album with implied surf overtones and distant hovering tribal rhythms. Johnny Hawaii, operating out of Marseille, does a great job of creating a strong, fresh vibe while keeping his sounds subtle. LP release in an edition of 300, with attractive cut-out lettering on the minimal sleeve. From La Station Radar.
9/10 James McKenzie Customer review, 14th April 2016
If Panda Bear had retreated to Hawaii off the back of the still incredible 'Person Pitch' and a couple of years later handed over this slice of blissed out surf inspired magic i recon i would have built myself a Canoe put some flowers round me neck and rowed my way across that big old Ocean given him a big smack on lips and thanked him personally. That's not the case however and thank God for that! i'm not sure i would've made it out the Humber Estuary before being steam rolled by a P&O ferry en route to Rotterdam.
This is not Panda Bear however! but it is better than anything he's done in the 9 years since and i've been waiting a long time to wax lyrical about an album that sparked off those similar flutters of excitement. This is Johnny Hawaii! a Frenchman from Marseiille apparently who may or may not have even ever been to Hawaii! Not that that matters a jot because this sounds like music made in the imagination of such a place which is often infinitely more interesting than the reality.
Having first caught my attention back in 2013 with his debut full length 'Southern Lights' his subtle blend of twanging guitars and hypnotic sun kissed beats have really shifted up a notch. Going back to the inevitable but relevant 'Person Pitch' comparison but this time maybe adding a splash of slo mo housey Lnrdcroy vibes and such artists on the excellent Edinburgh based Firecracker label.
This is really good gear, some of the best of the year for me so far and arriving just in time to soundtrack the warmer/longer days and nights. In the meantime if those days still feel too far away whack up your central heating, put an umbrella in your orange cordial, roll a fat one and drift away. Perfect company for the hours spent dreaming of escaping our all too often greyscale skies. Imagination see...It's nearly as good as the real thing.
'PS. just clicked this is from the same stable (La Station Radar) that brought us the ridiculously good Ela Orleans - Lost LP so that should give those familiar some indictation of the quality on display here. This really does deserve your attention.'
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