Artist: War Honey
Album: Shard To Shatter
Release Date: 29/10/2021
Genres: Neo-psychedelic, post-punk, ambient, alternative rock, dreampop, indie rock, shoegaze and slowcore
Formats: Digital vinyl
Label: Handstand Records
Country: United States
Price: Digital: $4, Vinyl: $15
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Quote From the Band
1. Shard to Shatter (04:47)
2. Even Sleep is Exhausting (03:34)
3. Psychopathic Performance Art (Intermission) (01:38)
4. Landmine (04:21)
Gabrielle Dana- vocals (1, 2,4) piano (4), cover editing
Ben Fitts- guitar (all tracks), bass (1,2,4), keys (1,2,4)
Victoria Smith- Drums (1,2,4)
Jalipaz Nelson – mixing (1,2,4), mastering (all tracks)
Ben Fitts – mixing (3), cover photography
Jess DeBellis – guy with accordion
More About the Album
War Honey are a band that make it very difficult to classify their music by drawing influences from all over the musical spectrum. To call their sound “varied” or “unique” would be an understatement.
Their music spans all the way from neo-psychedelic to shoegaze, crossing over post-punk, dream pop, slowcore, ambient, alternative and indie rock territory on its short yet powerful journey.
The result of this is an album that never at any points feels repetitive or stale. As soon as the listener thinks they know what will come next the band throws them a curve ball and shifts musical gears. That being said, every element feels effortlessly woven together and transitions are barely noticeable.
The two things that the band are best at are creating immersive atmospheres/soundscapes and evoking emotion within the listener. The music has a depth of feeling to it that many acts try to achieve but fall short of. There’s almost a haunting beauty to the music, particularly thanks to Gabrielle Dana’s silky smooth, yet powerful vocal performance. This is further reinforced by the confronting, yet necessary themes covered on the album.
If you’re looking for music to get lost in then look no further than Shard To Shatter, an EP that I still struggle to believe is the band’s debut.