Welcome to 2006, please wipe your feet before coming in. 2005 was short and sweet to us at iGIF, so 2006 looks to be a dousy of a year for us. That being said, I’ll go ahead and pop 2006′s cherry on our Artist at a Glance section we’ve been running. I chose the next artist by reading some news and realizing that they would be releasing their second album in March of this year. That being said, you shold get familiar with this band before you explode with anticipation over their March release.
Hanalei is the combination of a lot of musical elements, more than I could even think of meshing together. With the combination of folk, indie pop, americana, country, and yes…electronica. With one track you might get the feeling of The Reindeer Section and Iron & Wine, then the next track has you thinking The Postal Service or even The Shins. We Are All Natural Disasters marked the solo debut of Chicago transplant Brian Moss (of the post-punk band The Ghost) and had one critic saying, “We Are All Natural Disasters’ has a cinematic film noir appeal. A beautiful record with smart lyrics and sullen atmosphere, but lurking below the surface is a dangerous undercurrent of strife and dissention waiting to pull you under.” That being a fairly accurate critique of his music, you should give a listen to these songs from his debut album.
Hanalei’s second album is currently being recorded with a gurantee of at least ten tracks for the LP. The new album marks the beginning of a “new era” with Moss having the accompanyment and actual title of a full band, unlike the debut album which was merely a solo release. The March release is tenatively titled Accident Report, with plans for a remix EP following and a hopeful outlook for 2006 Summer touring. I’m pretty pumped about the news of their new album and so was frontman Brian Moss, “In all honesty, I don’t think I’ve ever looked forward to recording a record as much as the one at hand. The people involved with the collaboration, the music, and the words all feel right on.”