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Reissuing a rare, privately pressed Hawaiian LP from 1973, These Trails' self-titled debut documents a singularly exotic strain of acid-folk. Ethereal male/female harmonies soar over rich melodies and traditional island instrumentation to create gorgeously verdant psychedelia that captures the very essence of tropical paradise. In addition to conventional Hawaiian elements like slack guitar and swaying rhythms, These Trails integrate Far Eastern sounds like tabla and sitar into the equation, further expanding the music's otherworldliness. From its effortless evocation of ocean waves to lush arrangements that capture the beauty and mystery of jungles glistening in the morning dew, no other record sounds quite like this one.

Biography

Formed: 1971 in Hawaii Islands, HI

Genre: Singer/Songwriter

Years Active: '70s

These Trails are often credited as a band, though they weren't one in the traditional sense. Instead, they were an adventurous group of people who came together under that moniker to create one long lost (and rediscovered) self-titled psych-folk-world music album. Margaret Morgan and Patrick Cockett grew up on the island of Kaua’i. Each had been studying traditional Hawaiian music individually; after their informal meeting and exchange of views and interests, they decided to continue their studies...
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