The Kontikis – Island Magic

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There’s always that slim hope, whenever I come across an Hawaiian album, that it will inadvertently sound a bit strange and other-worldly, like Martin Denny. Alas, The Kontikis fail to deliver on that score, though it’s quite a pleasant listen, and I like the fact that the sleeve art is unusually, erm, dark.

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Published in: on December 11, 2009 at 7:33 am  Comments (4)  
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  1. I note that Island Magic is on thrift store label de riguere, World Record. Their sleeves and titles are almost always entincing, but don’t live up to their promise, as seems to be the case here. The Jewish pop folk horrorshow of Hane Arim and the seriously lame-o, white bread LP Negro Spirituals (awesome, but misleading cover) being the more egregious examples.

    Still, there’s that definitive multi-album Buddy Holly collection.

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  4. I definitely thought this was pretty weird. It didn’t feel at all ordinary to me. Maybe I just like Hawaiian music for what it is. Or it could have been the caffeine high.


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