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The problem with Untogether is that that Blue Hawaii occasionally get carried away with emphasizing and embracing disjointedness. Cowan's fingers are a little trigger happy, and so the subdued, gradually unfurling beauty of "The Other Day" hints at what might have happened had they given some of these songs a little more breathing room. Like the haunting single "Try To Be", "Day" feels like a moment of both restraint and unity- Cowan's rippling arpeggios compliment (rather than interrupt) Standell-Preston's crystalline vocals
With Untogether, Blue Hawaii has grasped the measured spaces that a distance leaves behind, emotional or otherwise, into a rich - albeit pained - work. Fate separated these lovers, but fate couldn't stop them from making music together - hence the album title, Untogether. Blue Hawaii decided to do very spacious beats, almost in honor of the distance between such lovers. While minimalist glitches generate a spooky feeling, the voice of Raphaelle floats gently over the mix. Mesmerizing and inspiringly beautiful, they knew exactly what to do despite their distance.
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Untogether is a far cry from chillwave. This deeper, more finely cut album folds its arms and sits on it, more like Kid A than, and more into detachment and technological alienation than hanging at the beach. Let’s not extend the analogy any further – you were all there, and we should have always known this wasn’t a trend band. Blooming Summer wasn’t that record, and Blue Hawaii certainly wasn’t built for the summer
The debut album from Montreal duo Blue Hawaii, it follows their Blooming Summer EP, released by the scene-setting Arbutus Records in 2010. From that EP, standout track Blue Gowns exposed their strong and starkly vivid gift for creating pure pop out of the lowest of moments. On its release, however, vocalist Ra returned to her role fronting Braids, while co-creator Ag moved to Europe. But while most of us were nursing hangovers and regrets, New Year’s Day 2012 in Vancouver marked the start of something for the duo as they began work on a full-length. With the pop influences lessened, Untogether thrives on introspection to the point of claustrophobia. This was an album built for headphones. Spacious and bass-heavy, there are moments that are felt more than heard. The opening samples of Sweet Tooth dart from left to right, while fluttering beats that sound like scissor snips do as they please.
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|Try To Be||3:52|
|In Two II||2:44|
|Yours To Keep||4:44|
|The Other Day||3:56|
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