Exposé Online banner

The Honey Pot — Bewildered Jane
(Mega Dodo DODO33, 2019, CD / LP / DL)

by Henry Schneider, Published 2019-05-21

Bewildered Jane Cover art

The Honey Pot have come a long way since their first album and then debuting on Fruits de Mer Records. Their fifth full album, Bewildered Jane, was just released on Mega Dodo Records and is by far their best album to date. Each of the ten songs stands on its own and shows a band who have found their vision. The vocal duties are split 50/50 with Crystal Jacqueline on five of the ten songs, with Icarus Peel and John Wyatt sharing the other five. You know that you are in for a good ride when the lead-off song hits you in the teeth. “Hadron Kaleidoscope” is a high-octane psych rocker with buzz-saw electronics, multi-layers of Crystal’s singing, and Icarus’ trippy guitar. The band then launches into “A Simple Act” in more of trippy psych blues mode that strikes me like The Doors' “Riders on the Storm.” Following that is “Await You Here” with its birdsong intro to an enjoyable slow, moody psych ballad that morphs into psych jazz fusion for the final two minutes. There is something elusive about the next tune, “Light Splinters,” with its raga rock composition, Crystal’s harmonies, and guest flautist Lizzy Wayne that makes me think of early Traffic, perhaps “Heaven Is in Your Mind.” The next song, “Dust Drawn Maps,” is only available on CD or download. This song is the Honey Pot’s take on post-Syd Pink Floyd-inspired music for a slow drifting song that could have been on Obscured by Clouds, and Icarus does his best Dave Gilmour impression. The title track is rapid hard-rocking song with liquified vocals. Then the Honey Pot hops across the pond for The Byrds-inspired “Harmony Ambassador.” This is another strong song that builds to a wonderful climax. Next is “Time and Tide” with acoustic guitar more liquified vocals, vocal harmonies, and Mellotron strings. “The Partisan Returns” is a particularly epic and cinematic song with lush Mellotron and Icarus channelling Jimi Hendrix. The album closes with “Waving Good-Bye,” another psych rocker with Icarus on wah-wah guitar to provide a great closure to this outstanding set of songs. If you have not yet experienced The Honey Pot, Bewildered Jane is a great place to start.


Filed under: New releases, 2019 releases

Related artist(s): Crystal Jacqueline (Bourne), Icarus Peel, The Honey Pot

More info
http://megadodo.bandcamp.com/album/bewildered-jane

Latest news

2020-12-09
Harold Budd RIP – Harold Budd, one of pre-eminent American composers of avant-garde and minimalism, has died of complications from the coronavirus. Budd came to prominence in the 70s, championed by Brian Eno on his Obscure Records label, with music that blended academic minimalism with electric jazz and electronic music. Much of Budd's best known work was done in collaboration with other artists, including Eno, Daniel Lanois, Robin Guthrie, Andy Partridge, John Foxx, Jah Wobble, and many others. » Read more

2020-11-20
25 Views of Worthing Finally Gets Released – A while ago, we wrote about the discovery of a "long lost" Canterbury-style gem by a band called 25 Views of Worthing. And now we're pleased to find out that Wind Waker Records has released their music on an LP. » Read more

2020-10-14
Audion Is Back in Business – Our esteemed colleague Alan Freeman has restarted Audion Magazine after a seven year hiatus. The new incarnation is available online on their Bandcamp site. Audion's history goes back to 1984, and included 58 issues up to 2013. Issue #59 is available now, and #60 is in the works. » Read more

2020-10-06
Romantic Warriors IV – Krautrock (Part 2) Is in the Works – Zeitgeist Media, the people who have brought us the great series of documentary films chronicling the history of progressive rock, are working on the second installment of their examination of German music. Krautrock 2 will focus on artists from Münich such as Guru Guru, Amon Düül II, Xhol Caravan, Kraan, Witthüser & Westrupp, and Popol Vuh. » Read more

2020-09-09
Simeon Coxe RIP – Simeon Coxe, best known for his experimental electronics in the band Silver Apples, has died at the age of 82. The band's 1968 debut album set the stage for both German electronic music and experimental punk music a decade later. Coxe died on September 8 from pulmonary fibrosis. » Read more


Previously in Exposé...

Kit Watkins - Holographic Tapestries – Kit Watkins' newest effort is one of those CDs created so that the tracks can be played in different orders. Watkins suggests besides playing it all the way through you can also program your player...  (1995) » Read more



Listen & discover



Print issues