This week’s batch of new Big Island music includes new albums by Assimilated Sunrise and The Free One. Both albums are available to enjoy now on various streaming platforms.
Intrasellar Spontaneous Combustion
Assimilated Sunrise started simply as a concept. Thought-provoking music is situated in the creator’s mind and enhanced by the listener. Not easily fitting into a specific genre, we can safely say the songs encompass mental blues, ambient, instrumental with a feel of alt, progressive, and a hint of classic and post-rock at the core.
Released on January 10, 2022, the debut of Assimilated Sunrise’s album Intrasellar Spontaneous Combustion contains hints of how our minds and society operate in the form of an instrumental. Slight hints to the mindset come with barely audible vocals and selective tilting of the songs themselves.
Assimilated Sunrise aims for an ambient feel, familiarity in the feeling, yet utterly different than the mainstream recordings or the electronica, which floods the bits and bytes of our music devices. Nothing was off-limits when using acoustic and electric guitars and bass and enhanced by synthesized instruments, sounds, and nature samples. Each track tells its own story.
The YouTube videos demonstrate the power of how the mood and feel of 12 notes placed in a specific order can tell a story when you open your mind and allow the feeling to enter. The HD full length
“Our home base is where your current mindset dictates however our bodies are situated along the shores of the beautiful island of Hawai’i.” All music was recorded and mastered at Pure Genius Music in Kona.
All music and music videos were written and performed by Paul Suppo, who currently lives in Kailua-Kona on the Big Island. When Paul is not making music or living life as a computer programmer, he owns and operates Barefoot Guitars.
The Free One
Trapped in Paradise
The land in Hawai’i is genuinely paradise, especially on the Big Island. For most, it is an ideal place to visit and relax. Tourists come to Hawai’i every day by the thousands to “get away” or “escape” the mundane monotony of their daily lives. In addition, Hawai’i has unique species of plants and animals in the world, found nowhere else on the planet. So, it is only fitting that two notable musical artists would be just as unique as the ecosystem surrounding them. Record label owner and producer Loyo, along with songwriter and performer The Free One, have combined to make some of the unique music in Hawai’i and some of the most unique music in hip-hop.
The duo was born on the island of Maui, about a year apart from one another. And both relocated to the Big Island of Hawai’i at an early age. However, it wasn’t until nearly 26 years later the two would meet. When asked about their first meeting, “ I just remember Loyo pulling up to the studio and immediately brought out his laptop, and we got to work,” The Free One recalls. The duo has been meeting consistently and making four to five songs each session from that time forward. Loyo has a home studio based in Kea’au, but regularly travels to Hamakua to the studio Club Plasma, where The Free One records all his vocals. The artists regularly making incredible music led to their debut collaboration album called Trapped in Paradise.
Trapped in Paradise is the first volume, eventually becoming a series of projects attached to the Trapped in Paradise chronicles. The album, out March 16, 2022, will not disappoint the fans of both artists. The project features 16 new tracks and no other features. Loyo and The Free One have teamed up to release singles like “Problems” and “Tango.” They also have songs together on projects such as “Bullseye” and “Can’t stay down” featured on a tape called Tranquilo. But never have the two done a complete collaborative project solely made by themselves. The very new sounds that the two are making now are not reminiscent of anything that has ever come before out of Hawai’i. Loyo and The Free One are not famous or considered “big-time artists” in any form. Yet that has not slowed the duo at all, who have been nonstop making anthems since their first meeting only less than a year ago.
The Free One and Loyo quickly develop their already unique style and refine it to make it even more original. They rarely sound like any other songs or genres that people from the Big Island might listen to, but the support they get from their small community of loyal fans has made them hungrier than ever. Each of the two artists is very talented in their field, but when they combine to make a song, it sounds like something fresh and new. The Hawaiian Islands have had a long history of great musical artists. The Free One and Loyo have big shoes that they intend to fill while maintaining nothing but the utmost respect for the ones who laid the path before them. They also have a long way to go to reach their goals, but you can help by listening to their music and following their social media. Be on the lookout for many more collaborations between Loyo and The Free One and collaborations with other artists from the Big Island.