San Francisco’s Blackbird Blackbird, formerly Bye Bye Blackbird, has a knack for soundscape-like and ethereal sounds. With Waikiki though, the speed gets turned up a bit, giving the listener a boost and making the song both uplifting and danceable. The chillwave musician is known for often tweaking nature samples, and it really gives a new spin to the genre. The thing that got me hyped about this track was honestly those recurring flute sounds throughout. I was actually away from the computer while this was playing and had one of those run-across-the-room-to-see-what-song-it-is moments.
It was an influx of sounds that I was getting that made me want to play the track again, the harmonious flute sounds, the electric drums and that shackly sample subtly in the background, it’s all there, and it transports you somewhere else, like a fantasy techno-island-village. It’s also not a very long track so it catches you off guard when it ends as you’re juust getting into it.
If you’re itching for a little escape, preferably a psychedelic and tropical sounding one, this is your pick.