Honey Power – Macrosilly

Honey Power
Macrosilly

This debut album from Honey Power features a wide array of influences for a clash of 80’s post punk flashback, new wave, indie pop rock and even a little dream pop here and there. But what is really interesting is that Macrosilly comes all the way from the unlikely place of Estonia.

Whether the group wants to admit it or not, they have been hugely influenced by the Talking Heads. David Burne’s unique, vocal eccentricities ring through nearly every song, even if lead singer Martin Kikas didn’t intend for that to happen. Although most of the time it feels like he is holding back.

“Bonnie and Clyde” starts out the album with guitars that sound like they came straight from many of today’s popular indie rock bands. So I was surprised on my first listen to then here the vocals enter after a half-minute. It sounded like someone trying to sound like David Burne impersonating Black Francis’ almost unintelligible wale. What a strange combination all rolled into one song. The well-played melodic music and the forced yet lazy singing style clashed all the way to the end. It was an interesting endeavor but they weren’t quite able to pull it off. Next the listener is blasted by a high-energy, dance inducing song where the same vocal style tries to go faster in places than it seems able. At the end I can imagine Kikas nearly falling over and gasping for air.

In “Fake Blue Sky”, the whole song sounds like something that was trying to make it on an Elephant album from the danceable music style, synthesizers, and even Kikas vocals. Although Kikas sings his lines with less boldness such that they sound forced and even slightly out of tune. But this is a different sound for him from the rest of the album and shows a more melodic side to his voice than before.

They credit “Corsica” as one of their “successful radio singles” but I find it to be over the top with unnecessary sounds and effects to try to achieve a dream pop sound that falls flat in the end from having little substance to stand on. However, “Plug Me In” sees Kikas sounding at his most David Burne-like in voice and singing style and I can’t help but expect him to say, “How did I get here?” It seems the group may have accidentally stumbled upon being able to take the Talking Heads and update their music to bring them into this century. But unfortunately, the song that follows “Relax Relax (Your Stereo is Fine)” is practically unlistenable and undoes and potential the listener may have found in the previous track. The vocals are horrific, the lyrics are pointless and the music is boring.

Another notable track is “Friends and Enemies” where the group takes it down to a dreamy slow song. The group achieves an interesting sound with guitar that sounds influenced by earlier Seattle-style alternative music along with dreamy keys. Female vocals also add to the harmony that is so soft, it is almost a whisper. The unfortunate part here is that the lyrics are repetitive, almost to the point of being annoying and the song drones on for longer than it should.

This far away group has tried to tap into many genres but not all of them are easily molded into one song. Although, as diverse as they try to be, by the end of the album it’s difficult to pick out any stand out tracks since they all seem to run together. While their music was fairly well played, it was nothing new and fairly boring. As it turns, the voice of the lead singer was what really stood out with its quirky nature reminiscent of an experimental band of the 80’s. Now if only he can learn how to better control it.