11 Songs, 48 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The California duo the Honey Trees explore a mix of mostly sunny sounds. Their first full-length album, after 2009’s Wake the Earth EP, took four years to come to fruition. And while the album itself doesn’t sound labored, it does feature beautifully orchestrated moments that were the work of producer Jeremy Larson (Mutemath, Switchfoot) with whom the band spent a month recording in Springfield, Mo. His contributions on violin, viola, cello, baritone horn, trombone, bells, and keyboards supplement the works of Becky Filip and Jacob Wick, who stuck to their more orthodox instruments of piano, bass, drums, and guitar. “By the River” gives the impression that the album is treading near chamber folk, but the chiming stereo guitars of “Nightingale” prove that The Honey Trees have pop moves in that great California tradition. “Siren,” “The Seaside," and “Wild Winds” veer nearer to the sweet piano vibe of The Carpenters and the lite strains of ‘70s AM radio.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The California duo the Honey Trees explore a mix of mostly sunny sounds. Their first full-length album, after 2009’s Wake the Earth EP, took four years to come to fruition. And while the album itself doesn’t sound labored, it does feature beautifully orchestrated moments that were the work of producer Jeremy Larson (Mutemath, Switchfoot) with whom the band spent a month recording in Springfield, Mo. His contributions on violin, viola, cello, baritone horn, trombone, bells, and keyboards supplement the works of Becky Filip and Jacob Wick, who stuck to their more orthodox instruments of piano, bass, drums, and guitar. “By the River” gives the impression that the album is treading near chamber folk, but the chiming stereo guitars of “Nightingale” prove that The Honey Trees have pop moves in that great California tradition. “Siren,” “The Seaside," and “Wild Winds” veer nearer to the sweet piano vibe of The Carpenters and the lite strains of ‘70s AM radio.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
64 Ratings

64 Ratings

Catatomic Germs ,

BRILLIANT.

If you listen to one song and think it's crap, please go back to your Miley Cyrus and Justin Bieber like your brainwashed to do.

ExtremEntertainmentanimated ,

Brilliant

First time I heard them, I had just started in a new college, far away from home, alone. Panic attacks one after another, until my girlfriend sends me a link of their piece on Moon River.
Their voices so melodically soothing. I simply had to look for ALL their songs. It's amazing how calm I've been ever since.
Their my new favorite artist by far.

Who ever you want to call ,

Absolutely Incredible

I loved their first EP and I quickly fell in love with Bright Fire. It is beautiful music and it is just awesome! It is a must have!!! LOVE IT!!!!

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