Kaua‘i musician Kepa Kruse has just released his new album “Electric Island” last Friday. Capitalizing on the success of his award-winning first album “Coconut Wireless,” Kruse revisits catchy, island-inspired tunes with this follow up album.
In 2011, Kruse self-released an album that took the island by storm. Five radio singles and a 2011 Na Hoku Hano Hano Award solidified the release as an island favorite amongst a large demographic of people.
Packed with humor, irony and ear catching details, “Electric Island” continues right where “Coconut Wireless” left off. The observational humor and commentary on island life is a reflection of O‘ahu musician Jack Johnson and the legendary Hawaiian musician and entertainer Rap Reiplinger, who Kruse lists as major influences.
After moving back home from Los Angeles, Calif. in 2011, where he found success acting in TV and film and composing soundtracks, Kruse comes full circle back to where he started.
Reconnecting with home, family, friends, love and the ocean, this new album tells a unique story of modern island life. Kruse currently spends his time writing music and investing himself in creative ways to inspire island youth. He currently serves as chair on the board of directors at Kanuikapono School in Anahola and works with a team of volunteers to bring the new Kauai Creative Technology Center to life.