i’ve started a new instagram (yes, another one…) called @honeydreamlover where i’m documenting not just the process but the inspiration (visual and otherwise) that’s going into this new EP. mostly just to have something to look back on but also to have something semi-coherent to refer to during the production.
work really has properly “begun” on the EP, as i’ve been posting about the last couple of weeks. it has a darker tone, i think, than most of moonlight did. with what we have so far, the closest moonlight song would be bleed honey. but we’re not even half-way finished yet so that could change. but i really enjoy exploring the darker side of things lyrically. i feel like beyond bleed honey, moonlight said all i needed to say, at that point, i couldn’t have taken those other three songs any further.
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💗 a couple of clips from sunday night – Heaven California and Bleed Honey ✨ these tracks are so special to me, as soon as I wrote them I knew I was taking an entirely new direction and Honey Gentry was born🌹 these songs are where it all started ❣️ I’m so happy that Bleed Honey was the track that @nmemagazine picked as a key track bc even tho its a lil different to the other tracks I really feels it sums up the music!! Bleed Honey is a lil underdog hehe 🥰 we switched up the ending for the live set – did u notice? 💌 ❣️💓💞
and for that reason i’m really really glad that NME picked bleed honey as their key track because i feel like it’s the most representative “taste of things to come” that i’ve put out so far. once the EP is finished, i might feel different and the overall tone might be much lighter and dreamier, but i’ll be surprised (that’s why I like documenting things in blogs so that i can refer back to them).
i was thinking also about aphrodite, which is nearly at 10k streams on spotify in probably about a month. that’s insane for me, that’s probably the quickest a song has reached that since heaven california came out last april. so in a sense, i hope that anyone who’s new to the music and discovers that song, will enjoy the lighter side of what i’ve put out (i’m thinking, moonlight) but will also be able to appreciate the darker tones that are coming. idk. i really feel like i scratched a creative itch w that song and although i’d like to continue tentatively exploring that sound, i don’t feel the need to put out a whole EP that sounds like “aphrodite” (yet! u never know, that might change in the future).
i accidentally used the word “generic” when i was talking about aphrodite in a recent interview. and on reflection that wasn’t really what i meant. i don’t think aphrodite sounded like a carbon copy of everything else out there (and if it did, kinda who cares?) but i meant, generic for me… from a production point of view it sounded almost like a regression back to my very very early releases. it was nostalgic for me and kind of a development of my old sound, but very much reminded me why i moved away from it in the first place. towards the very end of 2018 i shared an old track i had recorded back in 2016 called “in the light”, and there is quite a similarity between aphrodite and in the light even though they are almost two years apart. there seems to be something within me as a writer that produces material about that, but she seems unchanging, and it’s the changing girl that i like.
however it was nice to explore a “beautiful for the sake of beautiful” concept in terms of production, lyrics and delivery; it’s just not where i see myself going as a songwriter if i want to actually push myself. sorry to anyone who was hoping for an EP that sounded like aphrodite! although i’m sure i’ll continue to experiment and i’m sure those experiments will still end up on youtube for anyone who wants to hear 🙂
anyway, not sure why this took such a turn, didn’t intend to write an essay, just wanted to kinda say that the EP is a little bit of a dark angel, i’ve been VERY much inspired by some of my all time favourite artists and bands that i loved when i was growing up. i think my little dark angel is going to be beautiful
until next time, all my love