“nostalgic jangle-pop” DIY
“pop of the highest order” DORK
“completely absorbing and spellbinding” The Line of Best Fit
London jangle-pop crooners Honey Moon reveal new single ‘Magic’ – perhaps their most ambitious cut to date. It’s straight from the classic songbook, replete with saturated Hollywood strings, swooning vocals and a spine tingling key change.
Once again frontman Jack Slater Chandler’s vocals come to the fore, with the rest of the mooners’ model musicianship dealing a handful of expert flourishes to deliver the slow, hip-swinging ballroom bop.
To put the track out they’re once again teaming up with Manchester label Heist or Hit (Her’s, Pizzagirl, Baywaves, Guest Singer), with whom they released last year’s acclaimed Four More From… EP, enchanting tastemaker tomes DIY and DORK magazine as well as BBC 6 Musicand legendary cratedigger Elton John.
Augmenting their trademark doo-wop sound with new textures, rhythms and instrumentation to give a more expansive sound, Honey Moon capture shadowy, wistful late-night moments. Plucked guitars, walking baselines and shuffling drums carry ‘Magic’ as it drifts through faded dreams. Slater Chandler explains the wider concept the band are aiming to express with this latest ode:
“We wanted to explore the illusionary theme, to try and make something expansive and cinematic-sounding. ‘Magic’ represents the soul-mate style love we see in film, literature, Honey Moon songs – everywhere! What can seem like the most mundane, everyday elements of companionship are often the most important and overlooked. This sort of souped-up version of having ‘one true love’ is, whilst a nice idea, pretty difficult to imagine as anything that’s realistically achievable, but there’s something very real in the sentiment, and that’s the ‘spell’, that’s the illusion.”
Recent months have been busy for the lovelorn boys. Support tours with label mates Her’s as well as FUR have kept them on the road, before burying their heads in mixing desks and vintage equipment at The Nave studio in Leeds, with producer Alex Greaves (Working Men’s Club, The Orielles, Heavy Lungs).
They’re about to head out on another jaunt with Liverpool’s Trudy and the Romance this month, their dedication to spreading the Honey Moon message spurring them on.
Honey Moon are… on the drums, Glenn Rawcliffe, on the bass and vocals Joey Julliard, on lead guitar and vocals Zach Urch, on keys Daniel Moore and on guitar and lead vocals Jack Slater Chandler.
‘Magic’ was produced by Alex Greaves and is out June 13th via Heist or Hit.
15th June – London, Lion Coffee & Records
*w/ Trudy and the Romance