Words: Dylan Murphy
Following assistant engineering credits on Gorillaz’ album Cracker Island the Dublin artist and producer has released his debut single.
If his start in music is anything to go by, then Honey Still is putting himself on an exciting path for a serious solo career. The Dublin artist works between London and Barcelona having recently graduated from the Abbey Road Institute in London last year he went on to gain assistant engineering credits on the Gorillaz new album, Cracker Island, in addition to also working with the likes of Jorja Smith, Tems, Ezra Collective amongst others.
Given that list of artists, it’s no surprise the debut offering of his own is an infectious and gentle head nodder. What’s more is, the track was recorded at Studio 13, the studio owned by none other than Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn, while he worked there as a studio assistant and assistant recording engineer for the legendary artist.
Speaking on the inspiration behind the song, Honey Still says, “I wrote ‘Don’t Talk‘ while in a bit of situationship, and was definitely inspired by what was going on between me and this other. I think the feeling I was connecting to the music was this sense of nostalgic melancholy, the chorus being ‘it’s five in the morning and I’m falling in love with you’ playing off the line in the first verse ‘somewhere you’re out there’, a bit of a yo-yo between different emotions and a multiverse of realities. I think overall really it’s a love song, in a way just trying to capture that moment.”
“Working at studio 13 for Damon was incredible, just watching him work and the flow he has is inspirational, he’s also such a genuine, humble person and so down to earth which makes for a very nice atmosphere to work in, he’s also such a legend and loves the Irish so we had a good laugh too. There were a couple of days where the studio manager asked me to work from Damon’s personal studio to get to know the space and the equipment and to work on any project I wanted, so it was a bit of a dream to be able to use all of these incredible instruments and pieces of equipment and be in this musical heaven and yeh ‘Don’t Talk‘ is what I ended up with!”
‘Don’t Talk’ comes ahead of two new singles which land on May 23 and June 23 respectively, listen tio the new track below:
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