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Honeycut: “The Day I Turned to Glass

Honeycut’s electro-symphonic-soul debut “The Day I Turned to Glassis fronted by the feathery vocals of Bart Davenport, MPC guru Tony Sevener, and French-born incomparable keyboardist/samples Herve “RV Salters (formerly of General Elektriks). The fact that it is a Quannum release immediately warrants Honeycut their props.

As the first track, and inevitable single “The Day I Turned to Glass, begins its orchestral determination, Davenport’s airy pipes, through thick drums, assert “Just cause you got a broken toe/ don’t mean you can’t stand up tall.  The song’s dark strength in violin and hard beats conflict with the brittle implication of the lyrics: “One day I might break.  At once accusatory and self-reflexive, the title track’s character demonstrates what RV describes as a quality shared by all personalities the band explores: "the characters in our lyrics are not afraid to expose their fragile sides, they’re not capitalist-type winners made out of concrete, they have doubts and that’s ok in our book.

Salters says “there is a certain cinematic feel to the album, and so we liked the idea of giving it a title that could also read as a movie title, like a psychological thriller.  No song on the album harkens to cinematic imagery quite like “Aluminum City; easily the creepy opener for a movie of the same name about circus clowns cavorting in post-apocalyptic New York City with videogame-faced robotic bunnies.  Ok.  That could be going a little far.

Honeycut’s distinct sounds descend as much from instrumental savvy as they do from dedicated collaboration between the three musicians.  Salter’s esteem for his band mates is evidenced in his description of Tony Sevener’s playing as “… sharing the fluidity of live drumming and the solidity of hip hop programming.  [He] also takes that duality to the stage; as he plays all the songs on his MPC live, with his fingers, playing it like it’s a drum kit. His beats sound very organic. Certain tracks sound implicitly live like the jazzier, funk cut “Crowded Avenue."

Davenport’s determined voice flicking back and forth in this track aside the lyrical tenderness of “The Day I turned to Glass makes soulful songwriting no longer fragile but a matter of “telling it like it is. This fusion fully compels the listener. It’s a real soul first experimental soul pop collection.

Each track’s incredible diversity joins with the entire album, creating a carefully paced expression from “The Day I turned to Glass to “Fallen To Greed. The album’s granite texture merges with a plateau of perfectly timed melodic keyboards that build up and down throughout each track.

Each intensely eccentric composition transforms in a blink from one aural plane to the next, declaring an ever-changing array of inner self and expressive essence.  Honeycut’s inspiration is summed up by Salters:  "Anything inspires me, a ray of sun coming through the window, a movie, a sensation, other artists, etc… It’s about grabbing the instants when you feel elated and rolling with them."

While Honeycut’s catchy, twisted beats and convoluted sonic manipulations defy categorization, Salters revels in the ambiguity: “I’m proud of the fact that people have a hard time describing it, but still seem to be able to latch onto it easily. Truly a listening experience,  “The Day I Turned to Glass fervently challenges pop and soul, managing an exploratory, malleable first release.


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