Singles Club: Babehoven + Honey Cutt + Wax Machine
Babehoven's Maya Bon has the perfect voice for sharing lyrics reflecting painful memories (or a painful present). Resolute but wounded, Bon, a Philly-via-left coast transplant, goes for the heartstrings with "Only So." Starting slowly, with an almost molasses thickness and emotional fissures on full display, "Only So" builds in intensity, allowing Bon plenty of room to show off her scars. A wonderful song to wallow in for a good long while.
Don't be fooled by the gorgeous, cotton candy dreampop of Honey Cutt's "Vacation." Kaley Honeycutt isn't ruminating on getting out of town just for fun, but instead out of frustration. "I want a vacation/from all the nice guys," According to Honeycutt, "Vacation is about having autonomy and not being dependent on others for your happiness. I think we have all been at the end of the rope with a person we wanted to depend on. Someone we wanted to be there for us. Sometimes you just have to let it go and do your own thing." It's definitely worth escaping into Honey Cutt's frothy, beachside jangle.
Things get a little far out in the trippy grooves of Wax Machine's "Shade." The Brightonian outfit, freshly signed to Beyond Beyond is Beyond, turns things inside and outside and upside down in this sprawling, mind-bending sonic fantasy. You'll hear playful tropicalia fit for birds of paradise, pretty pastoral psych, and sultry deep space grooves, all in a span of just under four minutes. This mercurial song is overflowing with intrigue, a true assault on the senses. It begs the question: What else does Wax Machine have up its sleeve?