Lavender Sky is a band of grad students at the University of Hawaii. They met while staying in dorms and recorded this EP entitled Secret Place. The songs are lush love songs and actually do have this sort of serene, tranquil quality that you might associate with Hawaii.
The first song is called “Secret Place” and the music on this song has a bit of a noir feel to it. It’s mysterious and sounds a bit like some you might hear in Twin Peaks. The lyrics however are straightforward and about lost love. I liked the way the utilized reverb and how it changed the mood when the chorus arrived.
Up next is “Border” which has more of an indie rock feel but they also seem to utilize pads and orchestral strings. It's a catchy song and the vocalist sounds really good on this track. “This Is Love” is very dreamy, tranquil and atmospheric and one of the songs that made me think it was about Hawaii. The band did a great job with instrumentation on this track. The bass is smooth, the guitar is vibrant and the percussion is implemented only when it needs to be.
“Stronger Than Pride (Sade Cover)” is a song they made their own and it fits with the sounds they are experimenting with on this release. “Nothing to Lose” is a great song. The bass and drums really drive this song with the clean guitars and pads providing the atmosphere. I also thought the vocals were again really well done. The vocalist has a great voice and there are plenty of memorable melodies. The close with the subdued and sleek “Secret Place.”
This band really grew on me the more I listened. In fact I hope as they continue their studies that they also make music because they sound great together. Take a listen.
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