Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Album Review: The Green - Hawai'i '13

4 years ago when I first heard The Green's music, it only took one listen to know that this band was something else. Reggae has been a musical bloodline in Hawai'i for over 30 years now, and it was only a matter of time before a sound that epitomized Hawaiian reggae would come along. But now that it's here, it seems that even the expectations of the past aren't able to live up to what The Green has become. In less than 5 years, this band has taken the genre by storm and put forth an unrivaled sound that is defining the future, capturing the present, and preserving the past. 

In the age of singles and one hit wonders, it is a true blessing to see an album that is so well put together from the musicianship and songwriting all the way to the production and artwork.  Of course, it takes a powerful team to create such a product, and thus was the result of recordings at Hurley Studios in Costa, Mesa California, production by Danny Kalb (also known for his work with artists like Ben Harper and Jack Johnson) and bass player Brad Watanabe, artwork from Kamea Hadar, oversight from Easy Star Records, and guidance from Rootfire

As for the album itself, good luck finding music on Hawai'i '13 that you don't absolutely love. The diversity of songs and styles have something for everyone, yet the flow of the music seamlessly connects the entire album together from the Hawaiian chant "He Mele No Ku'u Hawai'i" that opens it to the state anthem "Hawai'i Aloha" that brings it to a close. Each of the 4 singer/songwriters came strong as ever, putting forth not only their art and craft, but music that embodies the Hawaiian culture and spirit, helping spread the vibe and share the voice from a small island in the middle of the ocean all around the world. All in all, the envelope has been pushed once again, and who knows where it will take them this time. 

This album and this band make me proud to be from Hawai'i and part of a place that for being so small has had contributed so greatly to the realm of music. Check out some of my favorite tracks below and make sure to help SUPPORT LOCAL MUSIC and purchase a copy of Hawai'i '13 for yourself on iTunes or hardcopy at TheGreen808.com! Ho'omaika'i 'ana i ka 'ōma'oma'o!