{Album Review} Honne: ‘Love me / Love Me Not’

Content Writer | Nicole Wright

A full 2 years after their debut album ‘Warm On A Cold Night’, English electronic RnB duo Honne are back with a brand new 12-track album.

After gradually releasing the tracks in pairs on their Youtube channel, the album finally dropped on Aug 24th with their label, Taemae Recordings. With the idea behind dropping two tracks from the upcoming album every month, leading up to the release, being to pair tracks that show the duality of love; the good and the bad. This duality is also reflected in the album name itself, ‘Love me / Love me not’, and even in the duos name and their record label as “Honne” is a Japanese phrase for the true feelings that you keep to yourself, or your “true sound”, whilst the name of their label “Tatemae” is a Japanese phrase which reflects the opinions and self that you display in public.

The album has an impressive list of collaborators including guitar tracks from the ever-talented Tom Misch and vocals from the much-in-demand Nana Rogues of “Passionfruit” fame, as well as artists Anna of the North, Georgia, and Beka.

Whilst it is still a romantic album, Honne manage to capture the parts of adult relationships that are not often discussed in carefree pop music, like the track ‘Crying Over You’ which touches on relationships that had just begun but suddenly fall apart. The album opener ‘I Might’ sets the tone with lo-fi vibes, trap snares and video game effects which are tones carried throughout the album. All the songs sound very “Honne-ish”, for lack of a better word, showing the duos consistency in sound whilst delivering emotional depth. The collaboration with Nana Rogues is a testament to the versatility of Honne, as this is by far their most RnB inspired track. While it may not hit as hard in the chorus compared to other songs on the album, this is a perfect chill song for autumn. The album closes with the incredibly introspective ‘Forget Me Not’, a song miles away from the start of the record with the last chorus and outro reminiscent of ‘Retrograde’ era James Blake.

In an interview with Bandwagon Asia, the duo said that this was much more of a “beat-driven” record and the tracks definitely attest to that. With soul and funk elements, it is hard not to dance and then cry to most of their sophomore set.

Whatever you are in the mood for, Honne has got you covered.

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