Blue Hawaii
Blooming Summer


3.5
great

Review

by robin EMERITUS
January 2nd, 2011 | 31 replies


Release Date: 2010 | Tracklist

Review Summary: nostalgia, done wrong.

Blooming Summer one-ups the genre around it in one very important way: it is deep. And that isn’t for the record’s lush sound either; the layered electronica here is as deeply-rooted and well thought out as Life Of Leisure or Summer Heart, but musicianship aside, Blue Hawaii has created a record with great emotional weight, at times so intense and so painful you won’t go back for a while. “Blue Gowns” can’t be a holiday pop song or a nostalgia trip because it stings with longing. It reads more than anything like a break-up piece in its despairing lyrics (“I see you thrusting into her / and I think how stupid can you get?”) and is felt a hundred times over in Agor’s unsettlingly genuine vocal performance in which she spills over the music made for her. The melodies are heartfelt all over, but it’s Agor that makes this record something graphic and meaningful, her croons on “Lilac” and her distant murmurings on “Dream Electrixra” that make it a captivating listen rather than another summer-only LP. This is anything but soothing, and as a result Blooming Summer is the perfect chillwave record, taking the tropical pop fun and translating it into something more than beach photos. It goes beyond being the vintage electronica sound we’ve all been tuned into over 2010’s course by throwing panging honesty into the mix. And with the execution of tracks such as “Lilac” and “Lonelyhearts” as touching as the theme itself, you’re going to feel this.



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robin
Emeritus
January 2nd 2011


4257 Comments


bad writeup but this is too good to miss, i think.

AggravatedYeti
January 2nd 2011


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

I got this album way too late.

cvlts
January 2nd 2011


8976 Comments


review's a lil shabby

robin
Emeritus
January 2nd 2011


4257 Comments


very shabby.

conradtao
Emeritus
January 2nd 2011


2090 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

this could have made a really good soundoff

Gyromania
January 2nd 2011


15964 Comments


Definitely should have been a soundoff. Still a great read.

porch
January 2nd 2011


8460 Comments


the review does its job, brevity isn't a bad thing

robin
Emeritus
January 2nd 2011


4257 Comments


apologies about the whole sound off thing. wouldve posted it like that except i wanted to see some actual discussion on the record and stuff, since i know yotimi and kirg have it. also i never do soundoffs because im silly.

AggravatedYeti
January 2nd 2011


7685 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

the review does its job, brevity isn't a bad thing

^ agreed.

cvlts
January 2nd 2011


8976 Comments


meant no offense

robin
Emeritus
January 2nd 2011


4257 Comments


i just wanted to be dylan ;)

conradtao
Emeritus
January 2nd 2011


2090 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

'“Blue Gowns” can’t be a pop song or a nostalgia trip because it stings with longing.'

Pretty sure a lot of pop songs are longing.

But yeah, I totally get what you're saying about there needing to be discussion for this. And besides, it reads unsurprisingly well. Also, this EP is fantastic.

robin
Emeritus
January 2nd 2011


4257 Comments


i guess i really meant a chillwave song, you're right. raelly the important word there is "stings". i'll edit, thanks

Gyromania
January 2nd 2011


15964 Comments


So much music to acquire.

plane
Staff Reviewer
January 2nd 2011


6099 Comments


This EP seems deep and sometimes is.. but I don't know. It could be more but it seems to think less is more until it uses more and then flips around like that

but I love it anyway 8)

robertsona
Staff Reviewer
January 2nd 2011


15064 Comments


good review i mean brief and all but who carES

robin
Emeritus
January 2nd 2011


4257 Comments


the ep is deep/i am simple.

also matt get this!

gaslightanthem
January 2nd 2011


5209 Comments


cute

alachlahol
January 2nd 2011


7501 Comments


nice review. this is chillwave i didnt know was coming obviously i wasnt on top of my game dont worry i wont make that mistake again

Kiran
Emeritus
January 3rd 2011


6002 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

looove this, cuts like "lilac" and "blue gowns" are out of this world. her voice takes this to higher dimensions.

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