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Eora/Sydney-based indie-pop band Honey Nothings have just revealed their venturous new single Talk To Me – a luscious slice of performative brilliance, produced by band members James Fuller and Peter Longhurst, and mixed by Daniel Willington.

Talk To Me is introduced with a delicate soundscape immersed in reverb, with underlying earnest guitars and a crystalline vocal melody bestowing the song’s texture. The chorus explodes with vivid instrumentation and pulsing synthesisers, as a call-and-response hook stipulates palatable anticipation.  Organised with inventive liberty and entrancing intricacies, the song is a fanciful offering that compliments Honey Nothings’ bounteous expertise. 

Fuller explains the themes and process behind Talk To Me: “Talk To Me is a song inspired by communication breakdowns; how assumptions and things left unsaid can lead to massive arguments and conflict. I wrote the lyrics just after Christmas in 2020, during a particularly hard-hitting lockdown after some typical family tension. Pete and I did the first session at his parents’ place, springboarding off an 80s kind of synth hook he’d come up with. The track came together quickly thereafter, with ideas coming thick and fast. I found that the lyrics were starting to move further away from the original theme and towards a more romantic feeling, possibly inspired by the bittersweetness of the harmony and overall vibe of the track. After yet another lockdown was introduced in NSW, we finished off the track remotely via zoom. The icing on the 80s cake was a sax solo from Zac Olsen, which filled a massive gap we’d had since the beginning. This is our first single since our debut EP, which came out mid-2021. We’ve dealt with a bunch of setbacks in trying to gain momentum, from COVID to uni stuff to outright lack of motivation, but we feel like this release really captures the energy and passion we have for music, which we might’ve forgotten about a little over the past year.”

To celebrate the release, Honey Nothings will be performing a single launch at Gallery Bar at Oxford Art Factory in Sydney in September. In the live arena, the band have previously shared the stage with Australian luminaires Lime Cordiale, Ocean Alley and Stonefield.

Since their inception, Honey Nothings have shaped their sound through an eclectic mix of contemporary and modern pop, abolishing limits through the lens of production. Taking cues from influences such as The Jungle Giants, The Japanese House and The 1975, each of their songs contains identifiable elements that compliment the group’s decade-long chemistry. Previous releases have seen praise from the likes of triple j Unearthed, Amnplify and Happy Mag.



With thanks to Good Intent

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