Poster by my good friend Robert Piirainen.
“Haleiwa is the musical project of Mikko Singh, Swedish artist now in his fourth recording effort in his career. Hallway Waverider is out again for Morr Music, the historic Berlin label that has always been attentive to the various hybridizations of electronica and indie-pop. If the previous Cloud Formations had sanctioned the departure from the musical creed centered only on the guitar to explore new sonic directions contaminated by silicon, this new work consolidates the melodic changes in an elegantly organic way. The ten tracks in the lineup combine dream-pop rarefactions, slight garage streaks and electronic pulsations, all rigorously according to low fidelity aesthetics. Dreamy atmospheres smooth the angles of the melodies immersed in cascades of synths, giving a strong nostalgic aftertaste to the entire work. The disc shows a remarkable compositional freshness, offering shoegaze episodes like Low Heaven that soften the heart, the motorik glimpses of pieces like Halulu Lake and River Park/Sleeping Pill, and passing through the final track that gives the album its name with melodies that they seem suspended between dreaming and waking. Without loud clamors Hallway Waverider is a perfect fit between ecstasy and bedroom, dormant emotions and suspended anxieties. A great album, highly recommended. Dream melodies.” – Google translate from Italian.
Thank you for the great review, Rockerilla!
“As a teenager, Mikko Singh had a thoroughly reverent approach to pop song production. They should, according to his belief, be recorded in studios with expensive equipment in order to achieve the best result. Back then, he himself could only record his first pieces on a cassette recorder.
A couple of decades later he knows that the lo-fi approach wasn’t so bad after all, for his second album under the name Haleiwa on Morr Music the swede now recorded his instruments on a 4-track and reel-to-reel recorder. Among other things, these were vintage synthesizers that had probably never seen the inside of a high-tech studio before.
Here Singh lays the floating, wafting sounds over dream pop songs, minimal music-like works or a proper punk rock hustle”.
“…This bright music is best enjoyed when Singh surfs the waves, which are not only remotely reminiscent of the Beach Boys”.
– Google translate
The German Neølyd – Magazin für Popkultur has written an awesome review of Hallway Waverider.
“A teenaged Mikko Singh would probably have thrown his hands over his head hearing the sound aesthetic his adult self produces these days under the Haleiwa moniker. For Singh, his new album Hallway Waverider is sort of a message to his teenage self”. – Google translate from German.
Read the full review HERE.
Yes the album is out now! It took like two years to make because I was constantly reworking the songs and making new versions of them. Also, it took a while to process everything through my recording equipment while experimenting with the sounds. The lyrics took a while too. They range from feeling low to feeling high, surfing as a metaphor, climate change or more precisely the mentality we humans tend to have to just not care about it (Hide Away).
I couldn’t have done it without the awesome @swantthing who played the drums on all tracks. I also want to shout out to the live band who besides Svante is @laser_valley and @chillboychili Gigs coming up in January!
Album artwork by Julia Guther at @studio_workshop
Mastered by @redredpaw aka Antony Ryan of Isan
Released on @morr_music, a label whose artists I have listened to for a long time, so it is really cool to be a part of that!
Thank you @thorarinnjohannsson for making all the visuals for this release.
Press photos by @seanycinco
Waves in the press photos were drawn by @mitaonpunk
The music video for ”River Park/Sleeping Pill” is on YouTube, link in bio.
I want to thank my love @mkel_t for supporting me along the whole process of making this album.
Lastly I want to thank every one of you who is reading this or supporting in any way, all of your support means so much to me
The album is now out there both digitally and as a vinyl, go check it out
All links on: www.linktr.ee/haleiwa
Hallway Waverider is the song of the day at Addict-Culture. Merci beacoup!
See the mention HERE.
Random photos from -97 and -98. 1-2 from Maamerkki, HKI. The third pic kinda looks like a kickflip but it is just a sloppy ollie. 4, I was recording my demos onto simple cassette recorders due to lack of anything else.
New album out next week Friday!!
“Yet another open-eyed dream in which celestial melody and layers of synth and distortion are mixed together in beautiful wave settings. A must hear! Grazie mille to Buscadero for the great review of the new album!