August 1, 2016 5:21 pm

All good things must come to an end as all people know. Be it the final climax of your favorite summer movie, the ultimate ladling of icy green summer gazpacho, or even the sunset on the last day of your final real summer vacation, time has a cruel habit of overstaying its welcome and continuing to exist well beyond our capacity to enjoy it.

Truly, we must savor these dwindling summer days. There is only ever today, always and forever, presented as future but turned present upon confrontation and then past as it disappears into memory. Hauntingly beautiful, terrifyingly predictable, waveringly consistent; the end of summer has been staring us down since the end of spring. Despite my best effort to avoid eye-contact, it is time to acknowledge its mystery and gear up for September.

So with that in mind, we’ve assembled a few songs you might enjoy to help get you there. Don’t think of it as goodbye summer but as hello autumn. It is the most thoughtful of seasons, chilly and colorful, waiting in the wings, eager to take its place as the metaphysical envelope in which we live our daily lives.

May 24, 2016 12:49 pm

HONNE, a Japanese word meaning ‘true feelings and desires’ is composed of Brits Andy and James. They stay true to their namesake, crooning and singing about their deepest personal yearnings and beliefs. It comes out heartfelt and not at all manufactured, despite the heavily produced end product.

Sharing thoughts about sweet, sweet, baby-making love, James and Andy weave together tightly produced ballads chock full of blue-eyed soul and funkadelia. Complete with sweeping strings and dramatic pops and twizzles, HONNE curates their vibe absolutely well. Even if some of their tunes sound similar to one another, they have nailed down the aesthetic they shot for. Think PARTYNEXTDOOR’s material mixed with the soulful sassiness of fellow Brit James Blake.

Standout tunes include their first ever single “Warm On A Cold Night,” which brings together some sick, slappy bass and a groovy chorus. Andy’s vocals, double and triple layered, create a comforting depth to his confessions, and he sounds even better when its just his natural raw crackle. Although the band has only been touring and producing music since 2014, they have an established sense to themselves. There is little feeling of mucking around and figuring out what they want to be musically. It’s straight to the point, appreciatively.

How can we define the state of romance in this digital world? Everyday we are more removed from the last, from our previous habits, traditions and fashions. The electronic-soul vibe that HONNE puts forward might as well be a global, multinational ballad of the Plissken faction. We are no longer afraid to hold on to our feelings, as we have the world to share them with. Every day we become more connected to one another, through documented good deeds of normal people. The title track “Gone Are The Days,” from HONNE’s earlier 2016 release, perfectly emphasizes the feeling of futuristic want and love that may become the new norm. Spark a fire, light the candles, and settle back into the smooth down-groove lust that HONNE wants to share with you.

Their lead single, “Someone That Loves You” from their first feature length album Warm On A Cold Night is a fun and freeing story about falling in love. Featuring the leading vocals of Izzy Bizu, another rising star in the British music scene, the jazz-electronic-fusion tune strikes a chord with the glory of chasing after someone you want. Complete with an adorable music video of pretty people having pretty sex, the band seems well on their way to capturing the spirit of the summer.

With their album dropping July 22nd of this year, be on the lookout for the HONNE duo. They’re bringing lovers the world over together, one synth-pop feel at a time.