Local Record Review: 'Fields Don't Disappear' by Honeypie

Honeypie...ain't they sweet?
Honeypie...ain't they sweet?

Honeypie
Fields Don't Disappear
http://ilovehoneypie.com/

"Seasons change but the weather stays the same" goes a line on the opening track "Miss Me" from Fields Don't Disappear, the long awaited full-length album by Honeypie. There's been better (and far worse) when comes to casual poetry in music, but it's a good assessment of how their style of Anglophilic indie pop manages  to stay around year after year. The debut album employs rollicking beats on "No Difference" that are pure Motown-via-Smiths -- making the bit of steel guitar from multi-instrumentalist Ryan Radcliff  an enjoyable contrast. And the way "Tyler" builds up its own spiky arrangement is engaging rather than long-winded and melodramatic.



But it's nearly impossible to put the key focus anywhere other than the other core member Trisha Smith, whose clean, warm, immediate and forthright vocals are able to match a stirring arrangement and great chorus on "Better Place" with the exact style and energy it deserves. On "Shooting Stars," written by another local favorite, Billy Kernkamp, Smith shows how easily she can lead a duet even when it's nearly all harmony singing with guest Spencer Askin (who turns in a nice trumpet solo himself).

On a song like "Della," reminiscent of Phil Spector/Ronettes' "Be My Baby" drumbeat, the soft string arrangement and reverb, allow Smith to capturing a '50s  without diverting into pointless pastiche. Her voice floats  over the brushed drums of "Naturally," something of a sweeter and less spooked variation of  Mazzy Star's entrancing, hazy approach that balances well with the band in a way that ensures that none of the nuances of the record go missing.

Fields Don't Disappear will be released on June 26th via http://honeypie.bandcamp.com/


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