Blue Hawaii, Selva Oscura | Schubas | Rock, Pop, Etc | Chicago Reader
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Blue Hawaii, Selva Oscura 

When: Mon., July 29, 8 p.m. 2013
Price: $10

The star of Blue Hawaii’s recent Untogether (Arbutus) is unquestionably the twisted, manipulated voice of front woman Raphaelle Standell-Preston (also of Braids). At the most fundamental level, the Montreal duo—producer-keyboardist Alexander Cowan is the other half—plays ambient, pulsing synth-pop, with Standell-Preston’s fluttering singing subtly shape-shifting as it crisscrosses the same foreboding territory that Natasha Khan is so proficient at navigating. But the glitchy, experimental vocal processing—cut and pasted, ripped and stapled back together, tone-shifted to seem like three at once—is so peculiar and avant-garde (and Montreal, am I right?) that her voice eventually takes on an identity that seems separate from her, like an intrument someone else is playing. In the last minute of “Flammarion,” for instance, it seems to mimic the herky-jerky scratching of a vinyl DJ. How Blue Hawaii is going to pull this off live, I have no idea, but it’ll definitely be weird. —Kevin Warwick Selva Oscura opens.



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