Review: The Honey Pot – To the Edge of the World
Published on February 12th, 2013 | Jonny Abrams
Hailing from the West Country, The Honey Pot were brought to Rocksucker’s attention by Mordecai Smyth and they share a predilection for vintage English psychedelia. Contrary to Smyth’s bouncily melodic and lightly surrealist character portraits, however, these guys deal in more of a “Tell me, tell me / What is it you see?” sort of mysticism, evidenced by the fact that that is indeed a lyric from the album (the gleefully silly “Comfys Honey Jar”, to be precise).
Though it can be hard to tell whether they’re joking or not, To the Edge of the World is coursing with both psychedelic pop staples – sunny boy/girl harmonies, bouts of attitudinal speak-singing, eruptions of spazzy guitar, that sort of thing – and more original touches like the string and gong in “Love is Green”, the koto in brief interlude “Miss Yesterday”, and the intentionally sloppy group singing on “Florence”.
The Honey Pot pull it off with aplomb, but doomy closer “Sweet Orange Sunshine” hints at the presence of another trick or two up their collective sleeve that they will hopefully indulge next time round rather than spend so much time anchored in homage. Still, psych-heads should find plenty to enjoy here.
Rocksucker says: Three Quails out of Five!
To the Edge of the World is out now and available at thehoneypot.bandcamp.com/album/to-the-edge-of-the-world