Blue Hawaii ‎– Tenderness - 2017 Canada Indie Indietronic - Electronic Black Vinyl LP

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Blue Hawaii ‎– Tenderness

Arbutus Records ‎– ABT061
Vinyl, LP, Album, Black Vinyl
06 Oct 2017
Electronic, Pop
Indie Pop, House


A1 Free At Last 4:43
A2 No One Like You 4:31
A3 Pregame 0:19
A4 Versus Game 3:38
A5 Belong To Myself 3:43
A6 Prepare For Flight 0:26
A7 Younger Heart 3:30


B1 Strummin' 0:36
B2 Make Love Stay 3:55
B3 Big News 1:08
B4 Blossoming From Your Shy 2:50
B5 Searching For You 3:44
B6 Do You Need Me? 4:25
B7 Tenderness 4:03
B8 Giggles 0:17
B9 Far Away Soon 1:34



Design [Cover], Layout – Jeremy Dabrowski
Flute – Jane Penny (tracks: B2)
Mastered By – Emily Lazar
Mixed By – Alex Cowan (4)
Other [Samples By] – Pat Jordache (tracks: A5)
Photography By [Cover Image Shot] – Arvida Byström
Producer – Patrick Holland (4) (tracks: A1)
Producer, Written By – Alexander Cowan*, Pat Jordache (tracks: B4), Raphaelle Standell*
Saxophone – Adam Kinner
Strings – Jessica Moss (tracks: A5), Owen Pallett (tracks: A1, A2, B6)


Limited Edition Tender Vinyl available only at

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Barcode: 8 44667 03822 4
Matrix / Runout (Side A): 10-83505 / ABT061 - A 157912E1/A
Matrix / Runout (Side B): 10-83505 / ABT061 - B 157912E2/A

( Resident Advisor) " WithTenderness, the Canadian duo have brought what they've learned separately to make Blue Hawaii a stronger project.

Where Untogether was sometimes fogged by effects, Tenderness is notably crisp. "No One Like You" builds slowly and effortlessly, with Standell-Preston tumbling through every verse and coming up stronger each time, bolstered by splashy string arrangements from Owen Pallett. Each song on the album's impressive opening run has a radio-friendly hook, and sparkles with the polish of late '90s electronic pop, the kind once dominated by producers like William Orbit and Mark "Spike" Stent. (The gossamer house beat that underpins "Versus Game" brings to mind Madonna's "Nothing Really Matters.")

Standell-Preston's lyrics are as razor-sharp as the music. The album plots a cycle of grief, loneliness and acceptance in an easy-to-follow arc, focused around a long-distance relationship that existed mostly via smartphone. (Phone-sourced recordings feature prominently in between songs.) Throughout Tenderness, Standell-Preston wrestles with the pain of loving someone you know isn't good for you, wonders if the ex she doesn't want might still want her, ponders her romantic future—"I wonder if I'd have a still life? I wonder if I'd ever be a good wife," she sings on "Blossoming From Your Shy"—and ultimately comes out the other side on her own, and all the better for it. ("At last / I am thankful for you saying no to me," she quips on "Tenderness.") Good pop music is succinct, and Standell-Preston gets her message across with a mixture of clever turns, rarely sounding laboured or overthought.

In learning how to write great pop songs, the duo have leaned less on club music. There are danceable beats all over Tenderness, but they're rarely the focal point. The chopped vocals and looping of Untogether are nowhere to be found here. As a result, Blue Hawaii's shimmering electronic pop feels even more immediate. Their last album was exciting because of how it combined contemporary dance music with real feeling and warmth. Tenderness is exciting because of how simple and distilled it is, and how memorable its songs are even after just one or two listens. In an era where feelings and relationships are mediated through distance and technology, Blue Hawaii have found a way to connect more directly than ever."

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Condition New
Format LP
Color Black