On the new single, the duo shares, “’PYRAMIDS’ is the fifth song we wrote together after becoming BLVCKBOW and is most appropriately our third release following ‘Second Nature.’ It was inspired by the formation of our duo, how we came up with the name BLVCKBOW and the journey of what we are building creatively as musicians, grounded in the foundational power of our songwriting and our message as artists. Each of us having our own career paths individually within the music industry, once we joined forces as BLVCKBOW we realized we are both that much stronger together.”
A gravity-defying electric guitar arcing into a soaring violin, honey-toned harmonies, and a rhythmic touch of the trade winds: Across a radiant aura of cascading sonic colors, Jasmine Crowe and Brittni Paiva are the duo BLVCKBOW.
From their mutual hometown of Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii, the two artists followed solo paths. Jasmine Crowe, a singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist, has played violin since age three. Moving to Los Angeles, she released singles, an album, a Billboard charting dance track, an award-winning video, and won the Song of the Year Grand Prize for the John Lennon Songwriting Contest.
In the islands, Brittni Paiva was expanding the parameters of her instrument as a ukulele stylist. Honored with multiple Na Hoku Hanohano Awards, she recorded a series of ambitious albums, and performed with artists including Carlos Santana, Tom Scott, and Tommy Emmanuel. With BLVCKBOW, she adds a blistering lead guitar to the mix plus keyboards, bass, and drums.
BLVCKBOW (black rainbow) is a name that alludes to the Hawaiian legend of Kumulipo, the darkness that existed before creation. “Color is one of the languages of the universe,” says Jasmine. “Blackness contains all the colors as the absorption of light in the spectrum.” Brittni remembers when the two would often meet at shows or the market back on the island. “There’s was always this connection but it wasn’t the right time,” she avows. “Now we know why: This is the right time.”