Palm Honey: Hot Simian Weather
Louder Than War’s Ioan Humphreys gets to listen to Reading’s Palm Honey’s latest single and freaky video.
It was just over a year ago that I reviewed Palm Honey’s last single here and this Reading four piece are back with a bizarre new music video for their latest single Hot Simian Weather.
Fresh from their triumphant set on the BBC Introducing stage at Glastonbury 2017, Palm Honey’s newest release sees them build on their groundswell of acclaim from the online community (The Independent, NME, DIY, The Line Of Best Fit, SPIN) and BBC Radio 1’s Huw Stephens.
Directed by Patrick Taylor, the video is a three minute probe into an intimate, slightly nauseating relationship between a “grotesquely deformed young man and his doting, overzealous girlfriend”….Ok. I will take that! This time around the band are playing silly buggers with an insanely catchy keyboard riff with a nice noisy guitar line running over the top. The laid back crooning vocals and the refrain of “got to keep it together” give the track a certain sleazy style that creeps under the skin. A quiet bridge towards the end lays waste to experimental noise, electronica squelches, and a cacophonic finish.
Palm Honey seem to be channelling both The Flaming Lips and Fat White Family in equal spades. The 2.57 minutes of madness they quite easily produce goes in lots of weird, wonderful and interesting directions. I approve!
Oh, and the video is freaky as fuck too. Nice!
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Words by Ioan Humphreys. More writing by Ioan can be found at his author’s archive. You can also find him on Twitter at @ioan_humphreys.