Following the release of their critically-acclaimed debut EP in June 2016, Southern California’s HAWAI reached a turning point in both their music and personal lives. On the cusp of touring nationally and following up the EP with new music, the band decided to take a brief break as two of the guys entered a new chapter in their lives: fatherhood. After a few months off to focus on family-time, the band quickly got back in the studio with producer Frederik Thaae (Atlas Genius) to create their follow up: a new EP that will be released in May 2017.
Under Thaae’s guidance, the band evolved their atmospheric, beachy sound to something a bit more refined on the EP. Click on the play button below to listen to the effervescent first track from the EP, “I’m Not Dead”. The track keeps HAWAI‘s sun-filled sound grounded, with crisp instrumentation backing lead singer Jake Pappas’ soaring vocals.