Written by Eli Sulaiman
Swedish duo Pale Honey has a second album for us called Devotion coming out tomorrow, October 13 from Bolero Recordings. Lucky for us, F21 got early access so we can fill you in with exciting sneak peeks of Devotion.
Pale Honey racked up millions of plays on Spotify and had great placings on Hype Machine. They drew praises from the likes of NME, Sunday Times, DIY, Stereo Clash and Q. If The XX and Metric had babies, Pale Honey would be their children.
The stars of Pale Honey are Tuva Lodmark and Nelly Daltrey, and they’re based in Gothenburg, Sweden. They only just released their self-titled debut album two years ago. After Devotion is released, Pale Honey will be charming even more people with their grungy allure.
Devotion starts off with their first track, Replace Me, which will get you bopping to its head-nodding guitar riff. Someone’s Devotion begins with a simple bass guitar leading the song also with a kick-ass riff. The bass drum then joins in, strong and steady, almost in a Seven Nation Army-like fashion. Finally some playful hi-hats kick in, followed by vocals.
Their recent single Get These Things Out of My Head was featured by DIY who described it as “a blast of distorted guitars and creeping, almost doom-laden synths.” Amongst a swath of distorted guitars and menacing synths are lyrics that deal with singer/guitarist Lodmark’s Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, something she has suffered with since her teenage years.
Lodmark says, “For me, this is very personal to talk about. I even wanted to change the lyrics for the song to be about something else before we recorded the vocals, I was so afraid of what other people would know about me. But after I gave it some thought, why would I censor myself that way? We make music because it’s true. We write to deal with ourselves and things that happen around us. This condition I’ve been in is a big part of me and I want to be true to myself and shed some light on the disease. It’s more common than people think.”
If you’re up for a little head banging and want to feel a little more boss while you walk to class or bare with long drives, Devotion is for you. It’s real, raw and free from your typical, mainstream music shenanigans.
Pale Honey will be coming to the UK next month to headline The Old Blue Last in London on November 7th. Be sure to check them out if you’re around!
While we wait for Devotion to be released on October 13, here’s a link to their playlist on Spotify in the meantime!
Credit: Pale Honey