A bright star in an otherwise dull universe
Reading’s Palm Honey are firmly leading the shoegaze revival in the UK, bringing a much needed injection of melodic, shimmering guitar that has been sorely missed from the music scene in the recent past. Their latest 12″ EP, Tucked Into The Electronic Wave, released on HAHA Sounds, is the follow up to the well received double A-side ‘Bones’ 7″. This 4 track offering follows in the same indie-pop-with-21st-century-psych vein as Bones. Opener Palace leads with a glorious, glossy shimmer with a driving bass drum before developing into a very Mystery Jets like brass breakdown which almost transports you, 80s pastel blue suit clad, onto the beaches of the French Riviera; the dreamy vocal style of singer Joseph Mumford contrasting with a moody chorus…
This is my unbridled descent into madness / My return to the depths of my conscious / Everything is always so out of focus / It’s been so long since feeling anything at all
Stick The Knife In has definite nods to Broken Social Scene and Silversun Pickups, the same simple, melodic guitar overlays as Palace ever present. However, the end of this song is where the magic really happens. I’ve not seen Palm Honey live, but I can imagine this being a pretty chaotic end to a set, with the fuzz of that lead guitar bringing a rawer element to the track.
Going Normal slows the pace somewhat, mixing the dream-pop synth with the Electro Harmonix Big Muff driving guitar. More anthemic than the rest of the tracks, this easily fits in with any crowd at a festival near you and has shades of the Super Furry Animals present throughout.
Closer, I Can Try, clocks in at 7 minutes and 52 seconds and allows the band to express a little further and give an opportunity to showcase the varying elements from the previous tracks – it’s all in here; the indie melodies, flute-like synth, expressive drums, dirty, fuzz-laden guitars. You can imagine this track easily being able to be extended to 20 minutes or so, whilst effects pedal knobs are twisted and twirled in an attempt to create more exotic sounds.
If this is a sign of things to come from Palm Honey, the future is very bright. I’ll be keeping a close eye on them.
Onto the record itself. Only 400 copies of this black vinyl 12″ have been pressed and given the high quality of the music on offer, it’s well worth picking up a copy. Each record comes with the now standard digital download voucher code for you strange folk who redeem these things. Given the band are still in their relative infancy, it’s not surprising that there’s no frills to the record. Buy it for the music. End of.
- Stick The Knife In
- Going Normal
- I Can Try
Engineer, Recorded By – Ed Ripley
Lyrics By – Joseph Michael Mumford
Mastered By – Sam Smith
Music By – Palm Honey
Musician – Ayden John Spiller, Harrison Damon Clark, Joseph Michael Mumford, Sebastian Bowden
Producer, Mixed By, Recorded By – Chris McCroryb