Jason Holstrom is a Seattle-based musician and producer known for his work with Of Montreal and for his membership in the groups United State of Electronica and Wonderful. Left to his own devices on The Thieves of Kailua, he has fashioned a sort of surf-pop opus full of Hawaiian resonance and with heavy nods to the sugarcoated harmonies and rich melodic layers of the Beach Boys. The title track is a veritable epic of the form: a blissful, sweeping song, packed with vocal harmonies and unexpected little shifts. Elsewhere, Holstrom (from his Seattle bedroom) constructs more directly Hawaiian-leaning fare, such as "Return of the Tourist!" and "On the Waikiki." Using surprising instrumentation, field recordings, and lo-fi ingenuity, Holstrom has crafted a lush pocket epic of tropical pop. This is not a cheeky nod to forms of the past, but a meticulously layered and well-composed batch of top-notch, sun-soaked compositions.
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AllMusic Review by Erik Hage