Tone of Voice is the first single from A Taste Of, the debut EP by Canberra/Sydney dub R’n’B foursome Honey 2 Honey.
The band will play single launches in Melbourne and Sydney in February, as well as a Melbourne support show for labelmate Laura Jean.
Originally a duo of Rory Stenning (a stalwart of Canberra’s electronic scene via his solo project Raus) and drummer Luke Keanan-Brown, the project now straddles two cities, incorporating Sydney members Del Lumanta (Gas, Video Ezy, Basic Human) and Daryl Prondoso (Phone, Basic Human).
A Taste Of was recorded at a secret Sydney location by Holy Balm’s Yoni Hochman and Enderie’s Andrew McLellan. The EP’s four songs configure elements of jazz, dub, krautrock, disco and R’n’B into irresistible offbeat, hypnotic pop.
Rory’s deep, lulling voice intones imagistic lyrics, conveying themes rather than stories. Arresting lead single Tone Of Voice says more about intimate relationships than most confessional songwriting. Rory simply says it “describes the anxieties of intimacy.”
The Tone Of Voice video is directed by Madeleine Andrews and features Rory in various water-based contexts, dancing or watching TV. Madeleine says “I was thinking about the idea of an echo when we made the video – about being wet and alone and watching yourself wet and alone.”
Expect a full length album from Honey 2 Honey later in the year, but in the meantime A Taste Of is the perfect introduction to one of the most intriguing new bands Chapter has heard in years.
Recommended If You Like: Grace Jones, Can, Miles Davis, Sade, Holy Balm, Frankie Knuckles.
A Taste Of is released by Chapter Music on 12″ vinyl and digital on 5 April 2019. Pre-order your copy here
HONEY 2 HONEY
Tone Of Voice single launches
Sat Feb 9
Sydney – Golden Age Cinema
Thurs Feb 21
Melbourne – The Tote Upstairs
with Fia Fiell + Echo Party
door sales only
Fri Feb 22
Melbourne – Corner Hotel
supporting Laura Jean + Jade Imagine