Sometimes, change is good - and in the case of Honeytiger (formerly Swimmer) change has opened up a series of brilliant, catchy, and exciting new doors for the Philadelphia natives!
Self described "Indie-Rock, Garage-Pop & Mercurial Pool Jumping" two-piece, Isaac Clark & Josh Glauser, have created a project really worth getting into. What strikes me most about Honeytiger is their ability to not only feel sincere and serene, but also their impressive technique, and how much their music makes me want to dance.
Not to mention their most recent album Half Clean hit bandcamp back in January, and has been the only thing I've been binge-listening to for weeks. The 8-track album was recorded and produced by Jamie Clark with assistant producer Dan Taney, as well as mastered at Black Dog Mastering Studios LLC, and here at The Hook, we're considering it the perfect new beginning.
Check out the tracklist below!
Half Clean Tracklist:
1. As It Will Happen
2. Wasps & Doves 03:45
3. Mud and Worry 04:46
4. Rubielle 02:39
6. Bore You To Death 03:27
7. Old Miami 03:30
8. Can't Compare 02:45
Half Clean is an impressive collection of music. Honeytiger pulls out all of the stops to create an album that is sincerely giving listeners a fresh, new experience with every song. The album opens up with "As It Will Happen," which is a perfect beginning for this album - introducing that to-die-for falsetto, fun groove, and all around stellar lyricism.
It's followed by "Wasps & Doves," and "Mud and Worry," which both fill out the album nicely as tracks 2 & 3. "Wasps & Doves" feels a bit heavier than other tracks on Half Clean, while "Mud and Worry" follows suit with a really amazing guitar sound to harden the track.
Of course, my favorite song off of Half Clean is "Rubielle." Not only because Clark's voice is absolutely fuckin' unbelievable, but also Glauser's ability to keep time and create an atmosphere for the track to exist within creates this amazing dynamic that is clear in all of Half Clean, but especially this track.
Honestly, I could be here all day talking about each individual track (don't tempt me, I will), but I think what really pulls this album together for me is the impressive, tactical lyricism that happens here. Honeytiger takes the cake for one of the most lyrically driven and overall poetic bands I've ever had the opportunity to write for. As a listener, this sets Honeytiger up for immediate success - I want to listen because not only is the music good and well put together, but the songs are meaningful and well written, too.
Overall, Honeytiger has joined my "every day playlist" - soon to be an old time favorite. I can't wait to see what they do next, and until then I implore everyone to check out this album, send them flowers, quote your favorite lyric on your next instagram picture. For more on Honeytiger, check out their social media links below!