Fields Don't Disappear
"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.
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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.