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"Honey Single" CDR EP


Genres: acoustic pop, indie pop

Apr 19 - 25 2004

Anamude, whose previous release I reviewed a year or so ago, have come back with a three-song single entitled Honey.  In true minimal style, they offer us a nice selection of pleasant, acoustic pop, not far from Mojave 3 territory.

The first song is the title track, a sparse, heavily stylized pop tune pitting soft female vocals over a playful, repeated guitar part.  It almost sounds like a hymn, except less mass-like.  "Lunch," meanwhile, is a somewhat more complex tune, with a bit more melodic variety and some nice acoustic soloing.  Very pleasant.  Finally, we have "Urban Comfort #2," which was the "missing piece" to their last EP.  It is probably this disc's best moment; at four minutes, it's a pretty long acoustic tune, but it's still very enjoyable.  The playfully varied guitar part is a revelation.

When all is said and done, this is a very enjoyable artifact of acoustic pop.  I can't say I've always been interested in the genre, but this EP is quite stunning.  Pretty vocals and basic, infectious melodies really are all you need.


Matt Shimmer

[Vitals: 3 tracks, distributed by the band, released 2003]