Montreal dream-pop duo Blue Hawaii have just announced their new album, Tenderness. Ra Standell (formerly of Braids) and Agor Kerby will release their followup to 2013’s Untogether on Oct 20 on Montreal record label Arbutus Records.. The group says this album will focus on “an intimate relationship Ra was experiencing mostly online” and will be musically similar to “Bjork meets the xx and DJ Koze.” The band also announced that they will be going on tour in the fall, although dates and cities have yet to be released. “No One Like You,” the first single from Tenderness, which you can hear below, has premiered on streaming sites and on the bands website.
The band made the announcement on their Instagram, where they detailed the album and their plan to donate 5% of the album’s profits to the Center for Gender Advocacy.
We’re back ! It feels so good returning to Blue Hawaii after taking the past few years off. Today we’d like to share a new song, No One Like You, and announce our new record Tenderness. It’s a heartfelt one, opening up about an intimate relationship Ra was experiencing mostly online. It speaks of the need for more tenderness between each other in virtual and real life. Musically, it draws influence from 90's dance tracks and deep disco cuts, mixed with with Ra’s acoustic guitar playing, confessional lyrics and unique vocal lines. Think: Bjork meets the xx and DJ Koze. As part of this release, we want to show support to our community in Montreal. 5% of profits from Tenderness will be donated to the Centre for Gender Advocacy which promotes harm reduction and empowerment while providing resources for community building and gender equality. We will be heading out on tour this fall, and would love to see you all! Our shows in the past have usually turned into impromptu raves and celebrations – so come prepared to dance with us :~) love ra & ag (link in bio!!)