There aren’t many albums that are focused on the death of a loved one that are fun to listen to. Belgian indie rock band Girls in Hawaii have released a beautiful and thoughtful album in 2013, entitled “Everest”, that was written after the loss of the band’s drummer Denis Wielemans also the lead singer’s brother.

After the initial shock of his sudden death in a car accident after a concert, brother Antoine Wielemans started to evacuate the emotions through music. “Everest” is packed with songs that come from the heart, on which we still feel the pain, the loss, although he didn’t make a “grief album” on purpose. In the same mindset than Lou Reed “Magic and Loss” masterpiece from 1992, Girls in Hawaii musicians express the sadness through thoughts and expressions (Here I Belong). Some songs are even somehow catchy – though never out of place – like the excellent Misses.

 

“Everest” is the type of album that can deeply touch you if you recently had to go through those sad moments. Mallory’s Heights starts very softly as an acoustic guitar driven song but soon climbes to an intense indie rock song, climaxing to thunder sounds mixed with an aching voice that seems to be describing a corpse. It’s not freaky, it’s sad. It’s chock.

Some songs will get to you the first time around, while others will slowly grow on you, as the number of listening session’s increases. Two different persons might not get hooked with the same songs.

To hear Antoine Wielemans sing “I’m not dead, I’m just doing wrong” repetitively on Not Dead, gives a glimpse of the intensity of one of the stages of grief. “Until I sleep, I forever walk”.

Major.

GIRLS IN HAWAII
Everest
(62TV Records, 2013)

-Genre: emotional indie rock
-In the same mindset as dEUS, Luna, The Go-Betweens

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Nicolas Pelletier

Mélomane invétéré plongeant dans tous les genres et époques, Nicolas Pelletier a publié 6 000 critiques de disques et concerts depuis 1991, dont 1100 chez emoragei magazine et 600 sur enMusique.ca, dont il a également été le rédacteur en chef de 2009 à 2014. Il publie "Les perles rares et grands crus de la musique" en 2013, lance le site RREVERB en 2014, et devient stratège numérique des radios de Bell Média en 2015, participant au lancement de la marque iHeartRadio au Canada en 2016. Il dirige maintenant la stratégie numérique d'ICI Musique, la radio musicale de Radio-Canada.