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valentines day is upon us… 

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 highlightsI am really excited to share this EP, and the first single, Heaven, California.

About the making of the Moonlight EP 

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. The recordings he sent  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 and  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: 

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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, 
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. 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 🌹

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! 

 

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facebook.com/honeygentrymusic

twitter.com/honey_gentry

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

 

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

all my love, 

h.g.

Scorpio Season…

Hey angel,

I hope Scorpio season is treating you well. The peak of this transformative, inward-focused energy is around us today in the new moon in Scorpio… (as well as of course the Sun, Jupiter, and Venus…) it felt as good a time as any to honour my obsessive side and indulge in music a little as I love to do.

 

This demo, Moonlight, reminds me of the music I used to make, pre-Honey Gentry. It’s the first time in a long while I have created something entirely from scratch and diving back into Midi and the beauty of layering… I hope you enjoy the vibes of this little preview!

In other news… 

✨ Since Tumblr is the only platform that I regularly share music on but has no analytics/tracking, I had to manually add up all the streams of my uploads (!) and calculated it to be over 58,000!

You can download a little collection/EP of my 2017 covers for free, including some of my favourite tracks by Kate Bush, Fleetwood Mac, Neil Young and Lana del Rey.

✨ Visitors to my bandcamp page continue to arrive via the Reddit and Lanaboards threads and mentions/recommendations made by incredibly kind friends. I’d just like to thank those of you again who share my music and recommend my songs, it means the world to me and lifts my thoughts during dreary grey office days. It is a true honour.

I think that’s all for now, don’t forget to join me on social media if you haven’t already:

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all my love,

h.g.

 

Dreams EP | Free Download

I collected some covers that I recorded at home throughout 2017 into this little Dreams EP. The cover art is a shot of the ocean I took in Malibu.

Tracklist:

13 Beaches (Lana Del Rey)
Dreams (Fleetwood Mac)
Heart of Gold (Neil Young)
Running Up That Hill (Kate Bush)

Download for free on Bandcamp. I hope you enjoy!