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Coming soon! You can order these super cute, super soft t-shirts on Bandcamp from about April 30! Keep an eye on the news for the super limited edition purchase! Super!

HEAVEN CALIFORNIA OUT THIS WEEK!

Yes, the Moonlight EP is coming to life at last!Β Heaven, California will be out on Friday everywhere – all official streaming/download services and all my direct artist-to-fan services (bandcamp, soundcloud and tumblr)!

But the super exciting news is, if you want to hear it before Friday, you can hear it on the RADIO! Tune in on Tuesday from midday 12PST (until 3PM) to tune into sparklemotion on KALX!! Listen online and on 90.7FM BerkeleyΒ πŸ’žπŸ’˜πŸ’–Β Yep you can hear it before anyone else! And on those California radio waves baby!

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HEAVEN CALIFORNIA RADIO DEBUT!

 

And don’t forget to subscribe to MermaidMotel before Friday if you wanna see the video on release day!

Check out these snaps from the recording of the Moonlight EP

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In other news here are a couple of previews that I shared on instagram recently:

HONEYDEW PREVIEW πŸ’•

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U guys here on instagram are probably gonna hear this whole EP before it’s even released lol that’s ok w me cus u guys are the nicest anyway this is a bit from Honeydew, the most stripped back song on the EP. The whole EP features only guitar and vocals but often layered up. On this track it’s only one track for each (and then a little backing vocals on the chorus obvs what’s a Honey Gentry song without 100 layers of vocals lol) it didn’t feel right to put much more than that on this song. This was the first song I wrote when I realised I was moving in a new direction lyrically, from my old work, and hence why I eventually changed my name. So whilst it’s a very simple little song it means a lot to me personally. My dreams feel very very very far away and unreal sometimes, but then again, so does my past. This song connects me to both… #honeydew #music #singer #songwriter #sunflowers

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HEAVEN, CALIFORNIA PREVIEW

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BLEED, HONEY PREVIEW

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ANGEL, HONEY PREVIEW

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Don’t forget to follow my SPOTIFY profile so that you are instantly notified when the EP drops and you can stream straight away!!

On working with archive footage

With great power, comes great responsibility.Β 

Music certainly can survive without visual. Music predates the medium of film.

But working with film can better help convey the message of the music, can articulate quickly to your listeners, your audience, what it is you are trying to express. Through the film, the listener can step into your world, can physically inhabit your songs.

I have been working with archive footage now for almost four years.

First, as a film student.

During my studies, I was tasked with the project of creating a documentary. Documenting my crumbling personal life on film turned out to be a more successful project in self-preservation and acceptance, rather than any great artists’ statement. The film disappeared as quickly as it was made. But what I did in that documentary was begin to explore captured moments in time far beyond, and far older, than the present moment.

First, I started exploring my own archive footage.

When I was born, my dad, himself a keen photographer and videographer, documented almost every second of my life and my sister’s, from birth until the age of about five. Watching these videos back in the context of the work I was producing was difficult, but it left me with a profound perspective on home movies:

home movies document fleeting moments in history that the person behind the camera, felt were important, special, worth documenting. Children, dogs, proms, holidays, flowers, oceans, hotels, cars… this was their life, and their celluloid moments have outlived the people and memories themselves. Film was a way to live forever.

I started digging into online archives with fresh eyes. If my parents thought my childhood was so damn special, worth documenting on video, so did all the other parents documenting their children on celluloid back in the ’50s and ’60s. I started to use archive to support the narrative ofΒ  my film; that moments, families, childhoods were fleeting. But that didn’t mean they weren’t worth documenting. I used the archive footage to support my narration, my musings on family dynamics and mother-daughter relationships.

Then, when I started releasing music, it felt entirely natural to return to the hours upon hours of archive footage I had stored on my computer to craft entirely new narratives, this time supporting the music and lyrics.

I work with archive footage with great respect. With every frame I think about the families, not only in front of the camera but behind it; where are they now? How would they feel if I used their images in this way? Would they approve? I certainly try to make work that would make them proud. I try to immortalise them.

valentines day is upon us…Β 

however a lot has happened this month already! we went into the studio and recorded the upcoming Moonlight EP in just two days! There will be four tracks:

Heaven, California
Bleed, Honey
Honeydew
Angel, Honey

There is of course a ‘honey‘ theme to this EP, both in concept and in production; smooth, layered vocals and vintage guitar work courtesy of Ruben. You can check out the recording process on my Instagram story highlights!Β I am really excited to share this EP, and the first single, Heaven, California.

About the making of the Moonlight EPΒ 

The Moonlight EP has been over a year in the making. Ruben and I met through his brilliant girlfriend, Jasleen, who ran a music blog , thnksfrthrvw that covered my old music and she was an ardent supporter of the tracks. She kindly arranged to put on a gig for me in Canterbury, where they were living at the time. Ruben and I met at the gig, and a few months later in summer 2016 Ruben sent me a message offering to provide some guitar work to my new demos. I happily sent him two: honeydew, and angel, honey.Β The recordings he sentΒ  back to me blew my mind. He had captured a beauty hidden in the rough demos so artistically, the music was equal parts earthy and transcendent. The songs were formed of two equal voices; the guitar and the vocals, neither one taking starring role over the other. We worked then throughout the rest of 2016 and throughout 2017 on perfecting the demos of about seven songs, four of which have formed the Moonlight EP, and performing live for the first time at Always the Sun Festival. Throughout 2017 I met so many wonderful people, both “offline” and online, who had so much kindness and support towards what we were doing that by the end of the year I felt overflowing with love and confidence in my music in a way I have never experienced. (If you are one of those people andΒ  you are reading this – thank you so much.) We decided towards the tail end of the year that it was time to commit the recordings to tape, as it were, and do them justice in the studio rather than our home demos. We went into the studio in the first two weekends in February, and the songs were created. And the rest is rust and stardust.

Stay tuned on release information on social media:Β 

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Of course, don’t forget to subscribe to my YouTube channel to be notified when a new video drops… πŸ˜‰

The EP was recorded and mixed at Resident Studios, London, and engineered by Caradog Jones – I’d like to thank Caradog and the Resident team for making the experience truly wonderful! My first time in a studio ever! So I was a little nervous, but I had no reason to be! And of course, thank you as ever to Ruben for making these tracks really come to life.

all my love,Β 
h.g.

listen to what your heart says…

January has been a long month! I can’t be the only one who feels it. Bookended by full moons, it’s a month of cosmic cleansing and intention setting for the year ahead… with that in mind:

I had a great time today performing my acoustic set for Bark at the Gladstone Arms in Borough. I’ve never played at this venue before and I loved it. So intimate and, for a small venue, packed with respectful audience – what more can a little singer want?! I haven’t performed live since September at Always the Sun Festival, so I was expecting to be a little rusty to say the least! but the set went well.

Ruben and I are heading into the studio next weekend to start work on the Moonlight EP, it’s been such a wonderful process shaping these tracks into what they are becoming, the year-long work has been so worth it! i can’t wait to share the EP finally.

I also opened the year with a new demo, Desire, which you can hear below!

in preparation for the upcoming EP, i have been reflecting a lot on the path i have been walking since 2015, when i decided that i was going to “pursue” music (that is, start telling people I was a musician and actually releasing my own music! i had been uploading covers online since about 2010 but i would never tell anyone and would never dream of sharing an original!). in that time, i worked and released music under my own name, self-releasing two EPs. i had never felt fully right performing under my own name… it felt weird to introduce myself on stage… it always felt like a placeholder. but then in 2016, honey gentry was born.

the first two tracks i shared online were covers: house of the rising sun, and go with the flow.Β i’ve finally shared them as an EP available for download on bandcamp!

and the rest, as they say, is history!

all my love,
h.g.

🌹 our love will last forever πŸŒΉ

with open, warm embrace we welcome 2018 into our lives! the year has started off well and truly on a positive note – studio time for Moonlight is booked, first gig of the year is booked, and the attitude is positive!

join me on the 28th Jan at the Gladstone in London for an acoustic set at Bark’s sunday social – more details here on facebook

connect on social media to stay up to date with the moonlight process!Β 

 

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facebook.com/honeygentrymusic

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check out my latest demo of an old favourite, last forever,Β shared towards the end of last year…

 

wishing you a year filled with dreams come true, adventure, love, passion, and memories!

all my love,Β 

h.g.