Honey – Do It All Again

There was a story that came out of China after their first lockdown that loads of couples were now filing for divorce. Separation rates were going through the roof. It all stands to reason that spending more time with your significant other, having to put up with their more extreme habits, might be the thing to break any camel’s back. 

There are also very real stories of increased rates of domestic violence emerging during these volatile times. Clearly, there are some relationships that people shouldn’t ever stay in. The fact that it’s been arguably harder for people to leave dangerous and destructive relationships during lockdown periods is a crying shame.

But there are some relationships that just need a bit of TLC to make them work. And that’s what today’s really quite lovely Sonic Breakfast song is all about. ‘Do It All Again’ by the emerging Swedish duo, Honey, is about the ups and downs of relationships. This is about making the bad moments count and realising that, whatever the outcome, the life-decisions that you have made are the right ones for you.

 

The video is a real charmer. Miranda and Magda, the vocalists and front persons from Honey are singing from their sofa whilst we also get live action from the dining table of Karsti and Samme. They reflect on the path that their relationship has taken; the holidays they’ve taken together and the parties they’ve enjoyed. The memories are moving and the nostalgia sweet.

It helps that Honey lay down a sound within ‘Do It All Again’ that could quite easily have been around when Karsti and Samme first met. This is a song with a majestic 70’s pop tone; the comparisons to Abba are inevitable and I’m not just saying that because Honey are from Sweden. 

‘Do It All Again’ is a gem to cherish – as are your relationship memories. Happy Monday.

 

David Bronson – Questions

On his third album, ‘Questions’, David Bronson is a man not afraid to ask deep, meaningful ones. I lose count of how many questions are littered within the lyrics of this gem, due for release in January 2015. But, where unanswered questions might cause anxiousness and doubt in some of our minds, Bronson’s are broadly coming from a place of insight and contentment. “This life is questions but the questions they are mine“, claims Bronson in album opener, ‘Songbird’. He’s taking control of his situation; he might not have all of the answers but he wants us to know that this is fine.

Musically, there are some obvious reference points. This is rooted in the soft, well produced, 1970’s soundscapes made famous by the likes of Bread, Al Stewart and Seals and Crofts. It’s a sound that’s still sometimes derided by those who want their guitars to fuzz more and their vocalists to scream but I maintain there’s a place for both. Without straying too far from this canvas, Bronson gives us a glimpse of gospel, a smack of soul and a flask of funk (on ‘Task’) to ensure our interest is maintained.

He might be a singer-songwriter but there’s little of the ‘woe is me’ that blights so many others also classed in that gang. These are songs that contain positive, subtle messages. Never preachy, they contain clues about how we might strive for something a bit better. In one of the highlights for me, ‘Push’, Bronson describes bumping into an old, close friend who appears a little down on his luck, so much so that it’s difficult to recognise him. “Sometimes, we all need a push“, he urges and you wish his friend well. In ‘Day By Day’, Bronson suggests that he’s a believer in a pint half full philosophy when he calls back the lyrical spirit of The Carpenters to say, “I know you think it’s over but it’s only just begun.” And, it’s all neatly wrapped up in the album’s closing track when Bronson advises that we should, “give yourself the benefit, give yourself the time, give yourself the needed talking to, because it’s only in our mind”.

This is an accomplished, mature album and there’s much within to reward repeated spins. It’s another that I’ve been listening to in my car whilst driving in recent weeks. Tunes that didn’t immediately grab are now embedded in my head; the lyrics will sometimes say little and sometimes say lots depending upon my state of mind that day.

Will I still be listening to ‘Questions’ in five years time? I think I know the answer to this. And I won’t be alone.