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Rock - Released September 29, 2017 | [PIAS] Le Label
The snap of a finger is enough! The listener is immediately taken into Nocturne by the heady piano jingle of This Light, the opening song of Girls In Hawaii’s fourth album. And then you understand quite quickly that the entire album is exhilarating. As opposed to Everest, which was the result of a long and painful process following the death of the drummer in a car accident in 2010, Nocturne seems to have happened “almost on its own” according to Antoine Wielemans and Lionel Vancauwenberghe. After From Here To There (2003), Plan Your Escape (2008) and Everest (2013), the Belgian duo truly reaches perfection here. Their pop songs are surprisingly sophisticated. Both in the production and instrumentation, everything is carefully calculated, nothing is left to chance. And when the album slightly edges towards electro, the Girls share the class of Radiohead’s Kid A. The listener comes out of Nocturne thinking that, much like its predecessors, if Girls In Hawaii just happened to be from London or New York – instead of Wallonia – their success would have been multiplied a thousand fold! © MD/Qobuz
Rock - Released January 12, 2014 | 62tv records
Aside from mono-named lead singer Antoine's occasional accent, one would not guess that the sprightly pop band Girls in Hawaii is Belgian. Musically, the group inhabits what's best described as indie-land, a place where all the guitars are jangly, the vocals are thin but appealingly low-key, organ and electric piano underlie the songs, the drums are regularly supplanted by tambourines and shakers, and the bass is all but inaudible. However, although From Here to There is strictly standard-issue indie pop, it's not without its charms. The songs don't stint on the melody, and a few have choruses that are catchy enough to make up for the largely forgettable lyrics, most notably "Time to Forgive the Winter," which also boasts the album's biggest guitar hooks. Some more personality would go a long way, but Girls in Hawaii manage to be inoffensive in their pleasant mediocrity. ~ Stewart Mason
Alternative & Indie - Released August 5, 2013 | 62Tv Records
A far superior follow-up to their pleasant but bland debut From Here to There, Plan Your Escape finds the Belgian pop sextet Girls in Hawaii developing more of a musical personality. Musically, Plan Your Escape leans slightly more to Christophe Léonard's keyboards than the debut had, adding a layer of complexity to winsome indie pop tunes like "Shades of Time." (The addition of a jaw harp to the song's coda is an appealingly quirky touch as well.) Singers Antoine Wielemans and Lionel Vancauwenberghe seem a bit more comfortable about singing in their natural Belgian accents than before as well, which adds another layer of charm to songs like the banjo and accordion-led waltz "Couples on TV." The album's sequencing flows beautifully, moving easily from a peppy rocker like the organ-driven, fuzz-toned "Grasshopper" to the mellow neo-psych gem "Colors," to the whispery indie rock drones of "Birthday Call." But the fundamental change on Plan Your Escape is simply that the songwriting is better, with more memorable tunes, tighter and more adventurous arrangements, and a greater sense of dynamics. Plan Your Escape is enough of a step beyond From Here to There that it's almost tempting to think of it as Girls in Hawaii's proper debut album. ~ Stewart Mason
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