HONNE & Izzy Bizu – Someone That Loves You
HONNE and Izzy Bizu have unveiled collaborative new single ‘Someone That Loves You’, which is released now via Atlantic Records. This follows HONNE’s latest track ‘Gone Are The Days’, which was playlisted at Radio 1, saw the band sell-out their US and European headline tour (including London’s Electric Brixton, New York’s Bowery Ballroom and SXSW) as well as surpassing 20 million Spotify streams.
‘Someone That Loves You’ is a simmering cut of electro-soul from two of the brightest emerging talents of 2016. Long-time fans of each other’s work, HONNE and Izzy first met over Twitter (where else?) and soon set to work on a track, say HONNE, “fundamentally about forbidden love, but from both sides of the story.” Driven by the rich, affecting mix of male/female vocals, ‘Someone That Loves You’ is likewise described by Izzy as a song where “where the grass is always greener, and you want what you can’t have.”
Cool and confident, ‘Someone That Loves You’ appears second nature to a band like HONNE, whose universal, positive portraits of twenty-first century romance have quickly won them a broad global audience: both parallel to – and a stark reaction against – the sometimes-brutal modern dating climate (“we were terrible at being single,” the band say now). Singer Andy and multi-instrumentalist James first bonded over their shared upbringing in South-West England, then the more evocative, US West Coast grooves of their record collections, and a mutual fascination with Japan. During a midnight re-watching of ‘Lost in Translation’, it became apparent that this sense of a partner at a loose end – of wandering through a strange environment, and struggling to convey what you mean – was just as relevant to their lives off-screen. When James found the word ‘Honne’ later on (a Japanese phrase meaning ‘true feelings’), the boys knew it was theirs.
Between the millions of stream and worldwide sell-out shows since then, HONNE have carved out an instantly-identifiable sound of their own. And in the shape of Andy, there’s also the sort of figurehead that you would almost dub an anti-frontman. Launching ‘Someone That Loves You’ with Izzy Bizu, the band are now putting the finishing touches to their much-anticipated debut album, which will be released later this year: a record where expressing feelings may not come naturally, but nonetheless strives for real love in the digital age.