Honeyroot

Honeyroot's wonderful debut album Sound Echo Location is a worthy contender for best ambient pop release of 2003. It has also stood the test of time, a summer album so cool it gives you goosebumps.

artist:
Honeyroot

country of origin:
UK

style(s):
Chillout, ambient pop, lounge, Balearic, cinematic

decades active:
2000's

essential releases:

  • Sound Echo Location (2003, One World/Just Music)

Reviewed by Mike G

Is it possible to actually capture light in your music? That's what seems to have happened on UK duo Honeyroot's wonderful debut album Sound Echo Location (2003), a worthy contender for best ambient pop release of 2003. It has also stood the test of time, a summer album so cool it gives you goosebumps.

Seasoned musicians Glenn Gregory and Keith Lowndes (formerly of 80's synth-popsters Heaven 17 and ABC respectively) had actually been in each other's orbit for many years previous to this, producing a number of albums together for other artists. But this was the first time they'd attempted something in the chillout vein. The album takes you to a place where orchestral film music, Cafe del Mar, Zero 7 and French band Air are all easily recognisable reference points. Yet the music transcends the familiarity of its sounds thanks to the duo's extraordinary craft and a genuine depth of feeling. The mix of instrumental and subtle vocal tracks offers diversity aplenty and occasional nods to dancefloor electronica. The music also glows with a sense of joy that's rare even in the sunny Ibiza-soaked world of chillout records. Is it revolutionary? Not really. Is it good? My word, yes.

The only other Honeyroot release is the follow-up album The Sun Will Come (2007), a more conventional and vocal-orientated pop recording and simply not in the same league; Sound Echo Location remains their classic contribution to chillout.

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