HONNE – Good Together
HONNE have unveiled new track ‘Good Together’, taken from their forthcoming, much-anticipated debut album, ‘Warm On A Cold Night’ (released July 22nd via Atlantic Records). Latest single ‘Someone That Loves You‘ (with Izzy Bizu) has also been B-Listed at Radio 1, with the track already having surpassed 10 million streams and cracked the top 10 of iTunes’ Electronic chart. Following a breakout festival run and sold-out shows across Europe and the US, an extensive worldwide tour is on sale now (including London’s Roundhouse on October 28th).
The gospel-tinged uplift of ‘Good Together’ celebrates that honeymoon-period in a new relationship – however long it lasts – on an album whose sleepy sexuality often lies just beneath the surface, comfortable in its own skin. HONNE’s 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). Released this summer, ‘Warm On A Cold Night’ is a record where expressing feelings may not come naturally, but nonetheless strives for real love in the digital age.
HONNE are singer Andy and multi-instrumentalist James, who 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. The first song HONNE ever finished, ‘Warm On A Cold Night’, now titles their stunning forthcoming debut album. And between the millions of stream and sell-out shows since then, the soulful duo have carved out an instantly-identifiable sound all of their own.
HONNE 本音 :: one’s true feelings and desires