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Reviewed by Lisa Tagaloa

The Honeysmiths: Darkness/Light

Reviewed by Lisa Tagaloa

The Honeysmiths: Darkness/Light

The Honeysmiths’ ‘Darkness/Light’ is one of the most aptly named albums I’ve come across, reflecting not only the material but the conditions under which production took place. The two musicians involved were on opposite sides of the world, Leo Barrer here in NZ and Sharon Ware knee deep amongst the political unrest in Turkey. Developed in multi-instrumentalist Barrer’s home studio, the highlight of the album is the combination of Ware’s lilting melodies and vocal delivery with Barrer’s precise, yet naturally simple, instrumental execution, giving tunes like Sunny Day and Say Something a great, easy going flow. I felt more care could have been taken to ensure the vocals were in tune and kept wanting to hear more dynamic builds. Overall, this album is a collection of raw, honest musings from two people enjoying the exploration of each other’s creativity and is recommended if you enjoy lullabies, rough simplicity and a great back story!