Part of Montreal's fertile electronic pop scene in the 2010s, Blue Hawaii is the work of Raphaelle Standell-Preston (also of the dream pop band Braids
) and Alex "Agor" Cowan, aka Agor.
The pair began working together in early 2010 and, inspired by their travels in Central America, released the Blooming Summer EP on Arbutus Records
later that year. Though issues like the success of Braids
' Native Speaker and Cowan's stint in Europe meant that the duo couldn't work on their music together in person as much as before, they continued writing songs individually and recorded them in studios across Canada. The result was the sleek, chilly pop of Untogether, which Arbutus
issued in February of 2013. For the next few years, Standell-Preston concentrated on Braids
and Cowan spent his time DJ'ing in Berlin and Los Angeles. The duo reunited in 2016 and began working on songs that sprang from an online relationship of Standell-Preston's. The results were 2017's Tenderness, which incorporated disco and '90s dance music into the group's impressionistic style. ~ Heather Phares, Rovi