Album: Reverie EP
Release Date: November 24, 2018
Genre: Dark Synthpop
Honey Beard is a dark synthpop duo from Toronto that
The EP definitely evokes a classic 80’s soundscape in therealm of Depeche Mode or Joy Division. Frantic synth drums are complimented by low tone synths and despondent vocals – encouraging the listener to dance with reckless abandon within the dark mood Honeybeard has created. However, HoneyBeard then contrasts this melancholic backing with complementary upbeat electronic tones. This juxtaposition leave thelistener vaguely optimistic in thedarkness and ready for the next song.
A standout on this album for me was the title track‘Reverie.’ Unlike the fast pace of the other songs of the EP, ‘Reverie’ has a much slower pace to evoke the joys and sadness of a summer love lost.It’s definitely the song one would use to hold a loved one close for a classic high school slow dance after a night of wild dancing.
I grew up in Alberta, but spent most of my life in British Columbia – I also spent a lot of my summers in Britain as I was lucky enough to have immigrant parents with the capital to go visit our relatives. The amount of time I spent overseas makes it hard for me to say I feel fully Canadian, but it does make me feel typically Canadian as so many of us have mixed parentage. My parents defined another divide in me as I feel inexorably pulled to both science and the art; my father being a doctor and my mother being a school teacher. I studied both in university and now work on making healthcare software during the day, then write/read/draw/paint/dance in my evenings. My global wanderings, my education, and the fact that my appetite for media could be described as ‘voracious’ means my frame of reference is pretty varied. It’s hard to say that I have a favourite music genre, rather I am always seeking sounds that convey a sense earnestness an honesty.