There’s something immediately disarming about Honey Radar’s Mary Plum Musket. Part of it might be the brevity of the songs (three on each side for a total of eight minutes), or maybe the interesting, yet fitting, intersection of influences (imagine Robert Pollard and Lou Barlow sitting in with The Byrds). Or, maybe more significantly, it’s the guiding voice of bandleader Jason Henn that shines through these jangly sketches. In recent years, the term “lo-fi” has come to refer to a certain aesthetic, deliberately chosen by an artist in order to add to their sound, rather than as a simple necessity. Henn’s songs are anything but gimmicks shrouded in reverb or tape hiss; instead, these vignettes sound like someone attempting to press record before the song leaves him.
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Been representing the hard work and dedicated craft of Honey Radar for as long as Mr. Henn has allowed me to bask in the glow of his glorious work. It drove me to my first tattoo (I'll never tell you where it is, I'm coy) but the tattoo artist misheard me and gave me a honey badger. justin spicer