London-based duo HONNE have premiered their new track “Woman”, which will be available as a free download for a week surrounding Valentine’s Day. This follows the success of the band’s recent seven-track extended Gone Are The Days (Shimokita Import) EP.
Describing “Woman”, HONNE say: “we wrote ‘Woman’ between Valentine’s Day and International Women’s Day last year. So on one hand it is a romantic song, but on another it’s about relationships in general and just knowing you are cared for and care for the ones around you, be it a girlfriend, mother or just a best friend.”
Singer Andy and producer James have built an almost hermetically-sealed musical world of HONNE over the last 18 months. The pair bonded over their shared upbringing in South-West England, and then the more evocative, US West Coast grooves of their record collection. A mutual fascination with Japan bled into their escapist songwriting and imagery, which is in part collected in the forthcoming ‘Gone Are The Days (Shimokita Import)’ EP. Lyrically the songs here cover homesickness, late-night romance, long distance and the limitations of modern city life (versus the transatlantic sounds and cultures you aspire to). Naming the project after the Japanese word for ‘true feelings’.
HONNE will also play an exclusive Valentine’s Piano show at the intimate Ruby’s in Dalston this Sunday (14th), having recently played Radio 1’s Piano Sessions (where they covered Jamie XX’s Loud Places). With a forthcoming show at SXSW, their headline US tour – including New York’s Bowery Ballroom in March.