The London singer-songwriter has released the pensive ‘Heaven, California’ in the run-up to her first studio release.
London singer-songwriter Honey Gentry is set to release her first studio EP Moonlight in June and has released the stripped-back and blissful ‘Heaven, California’ in the run-up. Following themes of dreaming of the unreachable, lyrically the track talks of devotion and nostalgia.
“I wrote this song in late 2016, following a decade of dreaming about California,” states the young artist. To Honey, ‘California’ symbolises the unattainable, whether that takes form as the perfect job or partner, everyone has their own unreachable dream.
Honey Gentry explains more: “Growing up in dreary London, ‘California’ came to represent a faraway, untouchable, unreachable dream – where glamorous, ambitious, hopeful peoples went to make their wishes come true. California represented, in short, the ‘unattainable’. Throughout my life I have come to be fascinated with finding out what everyone else’s ‘California’ is – whether it’s a perfect partner, perfect job, or writing that perfect song, it seems we all have a dream that’s always just one step ahead of us.”
Growing up, Honey Gentry took inspiration from her surroundings from her mother listening to Heart FM during her daily morning routine to the likes of Madonna, Kate Bush and Pink Floyd being played on her father’s radio. Despite an early interest, Honey suffered from an overwhelming case of self-doubt and muster up the courage to write her first song until the age of 20. Throughout 2015 and 2016, she released two EPs under her own name and played small gigs around London. It wasn’t until late 2016 when she swapped her MIDI instruments for a guitar that she found her sound; candid and simple.
Citing an interesting concoction of artists as influences such Fleetwood Mac, Kate Bush and Bobbie Gentry as well as Gwen Stefani, Trent Reznor and Marilyn Manson, and inspired by vintage instrumentation, Honey spent the majority of 2017 working with Ruben Elbrond-Palmer rehearsing, perfecting and recording demos before entering the studio in February 2018 to record the EP over two days.
The result? Raw, vintage-inspired music different to anything she has released previously. Not too dissimilar to acoustic tracks by Lana Del Rey, the blissful instrumentation of ‘Heaven, California’ matches its subject, something to which we can all relate. Honey’s angelic harmonies coupled with pensive guitar work invite the listener to dream of their own aspirations, inspiring them to make the unattainable attainable.
‘Heaven, California’ is available to stream and download on all major platforms now.