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Featuring fleeting, futuristic vocal melodies from Raphaelle Standell-Preston over driving, low-key beats from Alex Cowan, Blue Hawaii took us to outer space for 28 minutes and almost left us there for good.

The duo from Montreal started off slow, placing more distant songs earlier in the set. As the performance moved forward, so did the styles. Standell-Preston's silky-smooth vocals were the highlight of the set, serving as a stark contrast to her off-the-wall, bubbly comments throughout. While we might not be talking about the drink, this Blue Hawaii is also best served on a warm summer night and it will take you to another planet and back before the tide flows in.

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Follow day by day
Tell me so much Here to protect me
Take back in my arms Take back in my arms
Follow day by day Tell me so much
Here to protect me Follow, follow
Take back in my heart All be tomorrow
Went out in my sorrow Went out to get lost
Where I'll be tomorrow Is where I am not
It is our own option To remain the same
It is our own option To wait for such aid
Afraid to find out what makes us fools They praise it all so soon
An option An option
An option, option An option, option
An option, option An option, option to remain
An option, option to remain An option, option to remain
An option, option to remain An option, option to remain
An option, option to remain An option, option to remain
Wee ee ee ee ee ee ee ee ee
Wee ee ee ee ee Ah
ee ee ee ee ee Oh wee ee ee ee ee
Ha wee ee ee ee ee
Oh God has left me in two Not knowing where to go
Oh wee God Oh wee ee ee
in two.
Not knowing where to go
Yeah, Sometimes when I think back on my life
I see the one thing that has gone wrong And that's never knowing when to put my
foot down It's only knowing how to get out
So what is instead? So what is instead?
Just time goes by Just time goes by
Just time goes by Just time goes by
Oh there's a cloud now swimming all around me
And on the other side, there's a family Oh don't you know
I wanted God for so long
Oh don't you know that God's gonna die trying fighting for
ooh wee ooh wee
So what is instead? So what is instead?
So what is instead? In two
In two In, in, in ...
In, in, in ... In two In two In two In two oooh oh
Here's some tea, I don't come around
Instead, I leave you by yourself Everyone always tests the ground
When they try to fly up south It might seem early I know
I just need to talk it out To hold some, only energy
through whole out
Here's some tea, I don't come around Instead, I leave you by yourself
Everyone always tests the ground When they try to fly up south
It might seem early I know I just need to talk it out
To hold some, only energy through whole out
Seems like sweet souls get some We finally push and shout, shout,
Oh it seems like we can't put down And there's nothing, nothing else around
now, now, now When we found, when we found When we found, when we found
Tell me what you wanna, go harder, go harder
Tell me what you wanna Tell me what you wanna, go harder, go
harder Piece of me, it fits ok...
That's what I wanted, that's what I'm still learning my design
Lead my heart towards heaven.
Lead my heart towards heaven.
Lead my heart towards heaven, heaven, heaven,
heaven, heaven, heaven, heaven, heaven, heaven, heaven, heaven,
In control, dog Hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey, hey
- Okay, this is our last song.
Thank you for having us.
We're Blue Hawaii.
I hope you've had a good time.
I hope you've eaten a lot of barbecue and tacos and beer.
But mostly barbecue because it's really tasty.
It's so weird to be on the stage, it's really crazy.
Okay.
Hey Ah oh wee Take my arms Tie them in
the bottom A man with hands He has nothing to show Show For a sigh
who is The bedding, a biggest My emotions sprung A silent life all long
I let you do this to me
It doesn't hurt It only makes you sicker And me wiser; the end to us
- Thank you.
We're Blue Hawaii.
Bye.

Artist Bio

Part of Montreal's fertile electronic pop scene in the 2010s, Blue Hawaii is the work of Raphaelle Standell-Preston (also of the dream pop band Braids) and Agor (aka Alexander Cowan). The pair began working together in early 2010 and, inspired by their travels in Central America, released the Blooming Summer EP on Arbutus Records later that year. Though issues like the success of Braids' Native Speaker and Cowan's stint in Europe meant that the duo couldn't work on their music together in person as much as before, they continued writing songs individually and then recorded them in studios across Canada. The result was the sleek, chilly pop of Untogether, which Arbutus issued in February of 2013.

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