Live at the Lexington (in support of Vera Sola), 24 April 2019

Thank you so much to Rockfeedback for having us in support of Vera Sola recently – we really had a great time despite some technical hiccups earlier in the day!! huge thank you to kram srednuas on YouTube who captured the performance in full!

check out their channel here to watch some more great performances of local shows!

hope to see you at the next one!

love always

 

had such a sweet week. last weekend we had some beautiful weather here in london. it also happened that my boyfriend and i had booked some time off work so we were able to enjoy it to its fullest. then on wednesday ruben and I had a great time opening for Vera Sola at the Lexington. on friday i took the afternoon off to go to heron hall, a school in enfield, to spend the afternoon talking to students from the performing arts department, to answer some questions about starting out as an artist and songwriter, and to give them feedback on some performances they had prepared. i had such a great afternoon, not only did the kids do so well in performing but it was nice to also think back about how my own journey with music started at the age those kids are at now 🙂 some other awesome things are going on, we’re making good progress with the EP and i’ve got something really really really exciting in the works which i can’t quite talk about just yet!

sweet spring

 

had such a great start to april, performing live for Pirate studios. it was super weird performing in front of cameras (i find it super weird performing at the best of times lol, although i’m starting to enjoy it more and more!) and it’s really difficult for me to watch and be super critical of things like my face … but it’s all amazing experience so it’s worth getting over those insecurities. the pirate studios team were literally so friendly and professional and made us feel so welcome and were so complimentary of our set. it was such a great day.

then last friday i went to see Marina’s school of life talk.

i went with one of my bestD3avMAwXkAE7xXE.jpg friends. it was strange but beautiful to be able to see one of my teen heroes in the flesh, she’s an artist i’m so grateful that i’ve grown up with. i was surprised at myself that i didn’t get starstruck! but it was like hearing an old friend speak. she’s matured so much not just in her music but in her outlook. i’m glad that we still have her around as a voice in music, even though for a while it looked like she was finished with music. i’m glad she’s back. she’s really provided a blueprint for what i would love to achieve, not just as career aspirations but in terms of artistic outlook and thoughtfulness. artists from that “generation” of artists, the “indie pop” girls, really have matured so well and thoughtfully and i’m so grateful. so many artists who came out in 2008-2011 really paved the way for artists like me nearly a decade later so i try and think about that a lot.

i have a few days off work now, and ruben and i are going to be working on the music for a few days next week. i think i’ve written all the songs for the EP. i’m really excited about it. i want to get moving with it as i really don’t want to miss the opportunity that NME have presented me with. at the same time though, i don’t want to rush it and i want this EP to be perfect. i’m just excited to share it.

anyway. lots of love as always

HG

ps. thank u for 20,000 streams on aphrodite omg

dark angels

 

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.

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

HG

17 FEB @ SEBRIGHT ARMS

hey everyone, 2019 is off to a great start. working on the new EP right now! looking forward to expanding and diving into the sounds that we hinted to on Moonlight. really can’t wait to share the first single.

hope you can join us at the sebright arms on sunday 17 feb in support of tanukichan & ellie bleach. ruben will be there too! come and say hi and enjoy a night of great music! tickets here. (18s and over sorry!)

i also had an awesome chat w ben from slanted press who wrote an amazing write-up – check that out over here. it got deep. i managed to mention marilyn manson at least twice.

love forever

HG

“The rising singer-songwriter making elegantly sad pop to break your heart” – NME

An amazing surprise for me today – NME included me in THE NME 100! I am so delighted, elated, just over the moon! 49729321_10156933392945912_1651424258275934208_o49329092_10156933392885912_1644972040576303104_o49344592_10156933392740912_8709521878978396160_o

text reads:

From: London, UK
Sounds like: Music made to stare out to sea from the windy coasts of Britain to
For fans of: Lana Del Rey, Fleetwood Mac, Alexandra Savior
USP: A sigh that feels like it weighs a tonne, but only serves to make her songs more magical.
Why you’re going to love them: Honey Gentry knows how to craft a song for those days when you can barely lift your head off the pillow – lethargic but beautiful and poised in its misery. That all she needs is her emotive voice and barely more than a guitar to make you feel at one with her marks her out as someone very special.
Key track: ‘Bleed, Honey’

 

check out the whole list here: https://www.nme.com/blogs/nme-radar/the-nme-100-essential-new-artists-for-2019-2426835

thank you

this was the first year that i started to see people make something in reaction to my music. that was so surreal… here are some of them:

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