Today, the dance-driven four-track Reverie is released to the world. Recorded in Toronto and mixed and mastered in London, England, the EP follows Toronto-based synth duo, Honey Beard’s full albums: Dreamless Sleep and Thousand Million Things.
Reverie came about after a short tour by band members Gaz and Tom. They wanted to embark upon a more emotionally-driven exploration of their synth sound. And they did. The EP opens up with an ethereal title track, full of airy soundscapes and heavy-reverbed vocals, and drums à la 1984 (but not cheesy). The strong, driving rhythms and vocals of “Asleep By The Sea” culminate in a powerful bridge before drifting off into the stabbing synths of “Dancing Alone”, a nod to Depeche Mode, kings of dark wave. I particularly enjoyed the stark contrast of “Oh My Friend.” The juxtaposition of a phat bass, high-pitched drum pattern, and arpeggiated chord progression brings depth and a robust finish to an EP demonstrative of Honey Beard’s evolution.
Reverie will make you soar into 2019 with its strong melodies, catchy hooks, addictive synth lines and robust vocals.