If you only listen to one song today, make it “Honey Knows” by Sound and Fury (2017, from the forthcoming album Sprout).
Sound and Fury is a shoegaze quartet from Chengdu, China. Inspired by UK shoegaze of the early 1990s, the band formed in 2011. In 2016, they released an EP called Some of the Songs, and it was met with glowing reviews. Finally, six years after their formation, and after a few lineup changes, they are set to release their debut album Sprout later this month.
I’ve seen a lot of people posting about this band on shoegaze message boards and Facebook groups, and I was thrilled when they exceeded my expectations. While there’s a ton of glorious noise, there’s also lots of melody and lovely coed vocals. I’m reminded a lot of Isn’t Anything. If the rest of the album moves me the same way this song does, it’ll be quite high on my year-end list.
“Honey Knows” by Sound and Fury
I love everything about this. The noise, the melodies, the harmonies, and the neat tidy package. It clocks in at just 2:19, but it feels like a much bigger song than that. There’s a little break from 0:37 to 0:50 that reminds me a little of a similar break in the Pavement song “Baptist Blacktick”. It goes back to the lovely noise and all that, and then there’s a full stop at 2:16. No fade-out. No decrescendo. Just a full-stop. I’ve always loved that kind of thing, and it works perfectly here.
I also recommend the video. It’s pretty standard shoegaze music video stuff, with a mixture of live performance, studio stuff, and the band goofing around. On my third viewing, I spotted something pretty awesome that I feel obligated to point out. At 1:50, you can see a vinyl copy of Heaven up Here proudly displayed. It’s not my favourite record by the Bunnymen, but the album-opening “Show of Strength” is absolutely my favourite song by the Bunnymen. Then at 1:57, they’re having fun with a vinyl copy of Deerhunter’s Microcastle. Then at 2:02, we see a CD copy of the magnificent debut record by Alvvays. This isn’t about Echo and the Bunnymen, though. I’ve written about them a number of times. Nor is it about Alvvays, who is another favourite around here. To tell a secret, I’ve never been a fan of Deerhunter, but it’s still cool to see that album cover. None of that is the point, though. To get back on topic, you should watch the video, and keep your eyes peeled for those albums, starting at the 1:50 mark:
Sprout will be released on November 24 via Boring Production. I have no idea if there will be distribution of physical copies in the US, but I’m sure it’ll be available as a digital download. For now, you can download the song from Bandcamp by naming your price here. You can also grab their 2016 by paying at least $1 USD here.