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New Canadiana :: Blue Hawaii – Untogether

Blue Hawaii - Untogether

Slip sliding away from bright summer music, Untogether is Blue Hawaii — the winter version. The darling duo have developed a sound fit for an ethereal pop wonderland. The album buzzes with sway-inducing beats mixed with sweet, sweet vocals. Although inviting, Untogether feels like an extension of Blue Hawaii’s own internally frosty dreamscape. At times incredibly introspective, the tracks can also be tantalizingly ambiguous and disconnected. This is perhaps a result of the pair’s decision to record the album away from one another as both members simultaneously pursued their own musical frontiers. Thus, the album is aptly titled. The final product is captivating and cool, a delicately crafted synth-drenched dream.

Se glissant loin de leur musique ensoleillée d’été, Untogether est la version hivernale de Blue Hawaii. Le duo chéri a mis au point un son parfait pour un monde pop merveilleux et éthéré. L’album bourdonne de beats dansants mêlés de douces voix. Accueillant, Untogether donne en même temps l’impression d’être le prolongement du paysage onirique intérieur englacé de Blue Hawaii. Par moments incroyablement introspectifs, les morceaux exaltent aussi par leur caractère ambigu et déconnecté. C’est peut-être une conséquence de la décision du duo d’enregistrer l’album chacun de leur côté, l’un et l’autre poursuivant son propre horizon musical. C’est pourquoi le titre de l’album est si pertinent. Le produit final est cool et captivant, un rêve trempé de sons de synthés, délicatement façonné.

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Arbutus Records & Weird Canada @ Pop Montreal

Arbutus Records Showcase
Pop Montreal 2010
(Thursday September 30, 2010 @ The Rialto Theatre)
Montreal, QC

From the new indie of Aaron Levin:
In the closing tides of 2010 there are few festivals left. And as this little corner of a website gleaned a few weeks ago, Canada’s premiere indie-music festival (Pop Montreal) came through with a succinct and telling slogan: Weird is the New Indie. The obvious correlation is incidental, but the shifting focus to emerging music is a welcomed modulation in agenda. And to further drive the point home, Pop Montreal and Weird Canada will be presenting a showcase from one of Canada’s furthest reaching boutique imprints. Arbutus Records (home to Sean Nicholas Savage, Grimes, Silly Kissers and many more) has become an asylum for many westward ex-pats flourishing within the inexplicable fringe-pop spectrum and has occupied prime real estate within Weird Canada’s own borders. The label has grown from an e-mail address and a cd burner to a veritable force within the diy pop explosion running its course through our collective consciousness. Arbutus’ materials have appeared on Pitchfork, Gorilla VS Bear, Altered Zones, Stereogum, Weird Canada (ha!), etc. and I can say without hyperbole that many within the indie music community are anxiously awaiting to hear their future. So, with much excitement, I’d like to encourage all of our readers in-and-around the Montreal area to attend both Pop Montreal and one of the best showcases during the five-day festival. Sebastian Cowan has worked many magicks; for that we love him dearly. Congratulations!

Pop Montreal & Weird Canada Present
Arbutus Records Showcase
GRIMES (album release)
Date: Thursday September 30th @ 9pm
Location: The Rialto Theatre
Price: Five Dollars (available at Phonopolis & Cheap Thrills)