Go Hawaii is an indie duo from the northern part of Italy. The pair has been making music since they were teenagers and has finally come together to release an EP. Soft Bathrobe is a collection of songs they wrote in their bedrooms and recorded at From da Cove Studios, which is also their friend’s basement.
Soft Bathrobe opens up with the post punk song “Post Bedroom.” It’s a smooth boom that slowly builds up into a catchy swing that you just want to bob along with. It sounds like something that would come from the ’80s. In fact the whole album vibe is like that, which isn’t a bad thing. The lo-fi softness lends itself well to the dreamy atmosphere Go Hawaii is going for. It’s European harmony with the mixture of bass lines, guitars and synths that are timeless. Songs like “Seaside Haze” rock so hard and are so well-produced, you just want to dance to them.
Of course with a title like Soft Bathrobe, you are going to have even more easy going songs. “Haul Elsewhere” begins with a crashing noise that jolts you but quickly turns into a slower song. Same with “Feel Collins” which starts with heavy bass and synth with soothing vocals that makes you think it’ll be a slow jam. Then bang! It switches up into a head banger while still keeping the velvety lyrics. That’s what makes listening to Go Hawaii so enjoyable. My only minor grip with the album is the lyrics are mumbled. While definitely not terrible, it is hard to hear the words when the delivery is in a sluggish tone. However this just adds another beautiful layer of dreamlike effect to the record.
Soft Bathrobe is a great album that is also very well produced. It sounds like post-punk with a lo-fi vibe added. The songs give off the effect of vivid dreams, visions and different perceptions of reality and daydreams. While it can be hard to clearly understand the lyrics when the vocals are muffled, that doesn’t take away the fact that this is a very good album to jam to. If you enjoy good vibes with a European sounds give Go Hawaii a try.
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