The indie pop four-piece Honeybee, based in Tāmaki Makaurau and filled with UOA alumni, have dropped their first single since their debut EP Dusty. As AUSA faves, they’ve returned with a familiar sound, pulling an 80’s garage influence to exert some anxiety about youthful romance.
The intro is a bit grungy, with guitar that’s almost apprehensive, igniting a curiosity strong enough to string you along for more. This guitar is the main meal, in fact, really holding your attention throughout. The lyrics match that early energy, uneasy and earnest, small confessions that would be cosy in a carefully guarded diary. Most satisfyingly, the final two lines answer the nervous introduction: ‘I want to feel the warmth of other suns/I tried my best but now I think I’m done’. It’s a casual and non-committal break up lyric, that might hit a little too close to home for some (listener discretion advised).
The music video takes the garage sound of the track to a really literal place, with all of the band members squeezed into a backyard shed. It’s cosy and there’s a clear chemistry between all four musicians. Overall, “One Window” is a track that fits this time of year quite nicely — rainy weather seems highly appropriate for a listen with headphones.
“If you’ve been looking for a breakup song to score the end of your situationship (sorry)… this is it.”