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Hanalei

Hanalei: One Big NightOne Big Night (2010)
Brick Gun / Big Scary Monsters

Reviewer Rating: 3


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Brian Moss has been a busy man with his other projects, including reunion shows with his past band, the Ghost, and playing with a newer model of that sound in Olehole. So this album from Hanalei, One Big Night, has been a long time coming. Moss's last effort under the moniker, Parts and Accessories .
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Brian Moss has been a busy man with his other projects, including reunion shows with his past band, the Ghost, and playing with a newer model of that sound in Olehole. So this album from Hanalei, One Big Night, has been a long time coming. Moss's last effort under the moniker, Parts and Accessories was released back in 2006; it was a more organic, folky response to his electro-pop-heavy debut, the occasionally captivating We Are All Natural Disasters. One Big Night definitely leans in favor of the more recent album in sound and scope, but Moss does take some of his earlier electronic tendencies into a lower-fidelity method here (as he recorded the lion's share of it on an internal laptop microphone), and manages to turn out a pleasant 35 minutes of the stuff in the process.

The opener and title track lets a simple, fuzzy electronic beat start to pace it halfway through, and it complements Moss's poignant and upbeat, lightly stylized folk melodies well. It's the first bit of proof that getting back to those ravaged growls in Olehole has not at all damaged his prettier, smoother delivery for Hanalei.

"Keep Digging" is an easy standout, although that might be because it reminds me a lot of Owen with some more subtle, skittering beats, and it seems to be recorded in more crisp conditions than the other tracks. Its premium quality is just about met by the precisely four-minute, beautifully balladic "Goodnight Moon."

But the less professional-sounding tracks (which is most of One Big Night), still sound pretty good and clear considering the conditions. "Scalpels and Saints" goes five minutes, but much of it travels with a really roomy, earthy quality with hard acoustic strums. The quick two minutes of "The Eighth Nerve" find a few voices singing along in unison so emphatically the recording gets a little grainy, but the heart is certainly palpable.

One Big Night doesn't quite overwhelm in the way some of Hanalei's earliest material managed to, but it's still an amiable and homey release that proves Moss remains an ably versatile songwriter as he as been for some time.

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inspection12e (September 22, 2010)

Thanks to both of you for helping me resolve this issue. Buy the record from these guys not the guy from Big Scary Monsters.

brady_brickgunrecords (September 22, 2010)

I help run Brick Gun Records (we co-released this with Big Scary Monsters). If you could please email me at brady_brickgunrcrds@gmx.com with your information, I will make sure we get you an album. I am really sorry this happened.

hurricanewe (September 21, 2010)

Re: Chase/BSM - We have had major problems with the split release factor. Everything surrounding Brick Gun Records (my friends and roomates' label) is legit. Email me at hurricanewe (at) gmail and I'll make sure you get a copy. I'm so sorry that happened to you.

inspection12e (September 21, 2010)

Score is for the bastard(Chase Igliori) at the label I bought this from who never sent it and won't respond to my emails. Do not buy this album from the record label big scary monsters.

kickaha (September 21, 2010)

Great songs and song writting. The one drawback is that it sounds like a collection of rough demos rather than an actual album. If this was re-recorded and mixed in a more traditional way it would sound more cohesive and satisfying.

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