Na Mele A Ka Haku (Music of Haku)
I brought this home last month tucked in a pile of ordinary slack-key & ukulele jammers. With the first needle drop it was fairly apparent this was a whole other thing. By the time I’d finished side 2 I was less sure than ever what on earth I’d just listened to. One thing’s for sure though, the mysterious “Haku” just keeps coming with one uniquely disorienting idea after another on this bizarre no-label 1976 lp. New Age synth washes with nonsensical fairy tales? Check. Kraftwerk-esque Hawaiian electronica? Yup. Excursions into deep space with ethereal female vocals? It’s here, dudes. The one common thread being that you’ve probably never heard much else quite like any of it before. I hadn’t.