Matthew E. White - Cool Out
We’re heading back to Songbyrd Music House in DC this December 14 with the help of our friends at Topo Chico to celebrate the holidays in style with a dinner party with Matthew E. White and Michelin-award winning Chef Marcelle Afram, known best for their work at Maydan. Tickets are on sale now and include a 5-course tasting menu of inventive Palestinian cuisine, intimate live show from White, 2 free Topo Chico-infused drinks and more surprises. Buy your tickets here.
You can get a sample of Matthew E. White’s music in this post. He has worked as a collaborator, producer and arranger for acts including Bedouine, Natalie Prass, Foxygen, Justin Vernon, Hiss Golden Messenger, Sharon Van Etten, The Mountain Goats, Dan Croll and Slow Club. His music has also been featured in film and TV, most recently in Netflix movie To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before. Join us for a good time, you won’t regret it.— Eric Weiner on November 9, 2022
David Bowie - Changes
The Wild Honey Pie has been on a long and winding road since I first hit publish in 2009 as a food blog from my college house in Boulder, Colorado. For over a decade, it’s been the ultimate pleasure to work alongside immensely talented creatives towards a shared vision of supporting the musicians we love through editorial, events and video production.
Starting in 2022 we will no longer be operating primarily as a music blog, but instead move ahead as a music-focused creative agency. It will always be our goal to support musicians as they seek out new audiences and we will work towards that goal by helping them produce videos and visual content with our network of animators, directors and designers.
For those of you who have come to love our experiences, you can expect much more in that department, enabled largely by our brand clients. We will be servicing more companies than ever who are looking to leverage music partnerships to reach fans through our events, content and place in the music industry. Keep an eye here for the latest on our adventures as we aim to bring people together through music.— Eric Weiner on December 15, 2021
Adi GuerrerX - Queer Sci Fi Fantasy
Listening to Adi GuerrerX’s track “Queer Sci Fi Fantasy” is like taking a vacation from the horrors of the real world, and blasting off into—you guessed it—a queer sci fi fantasy. The hypnotic synth landscape of the song draws from old-school Moog magic, setting the scene for total immersion. Meanwhile, lush, overlapping vocal harmonies take the track in unexpected directions. Just when you think you’ve figured out the main melody, GuerrerX’s playful choices subvert your expectations in the best way.
Lyrics like “I like how you don’t need saving” and “I like how you care for other beings” propel this fantasy even further. “Queer Sci Fi Fantasy” paints a picture of a world you want to stay and play in. Delicate vocal layers add human, emotive touches at just the right moments without breaking the semi-robotic sci-fi spell that’s been cast. And once the drum samples kick in, you realize that not only is this fantasy peaceful, beautiful, and spacey-sexy: it’s also fun to groove to.
Honestly, the world can be a scary place right now, and we all need a break. “Queer Sci Fi Fantasy” is the perfect place to find it. Press play, and melt away into the fantasy, watching the moonrise in a periwinkle sky. Photo by LUX.— Belle Shea on December 7, 2021
Dylan Dunlap - Stupid Me
Dylan Dunlap's latest single "Stupid Me" broaches loss with kindness, encouraging you to move on. While grappling with the disintegration of friendships, it's far too easy to blame oneself as he does. Dunlap's docile delivery and gentle plucks of his guitar carry us through his thoughts, where he wonders what he could have done differently and if it's too late to pick up the pieces. "Do you hate me, or are you just busy doing well?" he asks, emphasizing the familiar notion that in some ways, being forgotten is what hurts the most. The track swells cinematically with swirling echoes that build to a finite and satisfying end; when Dunlap sings "I'll set you free" for the final time, you believe him.
On "Stupid Me," Dunlap says: "My girlfriend & I wrote about our shared experiences of drifting apart from the people we love. It’s a painfully confusing thing to go through and I’m proud of the way we turned it into something so hauntingly beautiful. In the past, we’ve both been left spiraling alone in our thoughts and wondering, 'Is there something I could have done?' To me, this song answers that question by introducing the art of letting go and moving on."Ysabella Monton on December 1, 2021
Test Subjects - Interstate of Mind
If you ever cried while listening to “driver’s license,” put on Test Subjects’ “Interstate of Mind.” Like Olivia Rodrigo’s standout hit, “Interstate of Mind” takes place on a long drive, reminiscing about an ex from the summer of being 17. Beyond these similarities, though, the track’s uniquely immersive blend of found sounds, acoustic/electronic instrumentation and cascading melodies feels as fresh and restorative as sudden rain.
Rain is important to this Test Subjects’ track. The song takes place over the course of a rainy highway drive, setting the scene with the opening lines like “Doing laps on the freeway / On a Sunday / There was no one else on the road / Nothing else to do / Nowhere else to go.” The lyrics throughout are both descriptive as well as delicately poetic. A thunderstorm over the highway becomes “somewhere in the sky there’s an open eye raining down onto me / I don’t really mind / but I can barely see.”
“Interstate of Mind” unfolds like a highway: smooth and steady, with sudden flashes of color and detail. What seems like a “no thoughts, just vibes” experience evolves into reflecting on a lost relationship before you know it (as these trips so often do). Test Subjects’ vocals are sweet on devastatingly simple lines like, “You put a ding in my bumper / I popped it out by myself / Now you’re wrecking someone else.”
Pressing play on “Interstate of Mind” plunges the listener into that uniquely meditative state you might find yourself in on a long drive. Percussive elements like blinkers and windshield wipers blend with subtle choices in the mix that place you in the driver’s seat of the car; this is a song for headphones. The saxophone playout towards the end is just one example of the endless surprises in store on this fascinating track. You’ll be tempted to keep singing, “Do you think about that summer?” long after “Interstate of Mind” ends—maybe even longer than you ever thought about that ex in the first place.— Belle Shea on November 19, 2021