Vanda – “Honeydew”


Meshing a pop accessibility with left-field electronic textures, “Honeydew” is the latest single from Los Angeles-based artist Vanda. Elements of hyper-pop and electro intertwine with a dynamic vocal presence, ranging from the initial dreamy “so weak, I’m contemplating,” sequence to the expressive soaring in the chorus, especially compelling amidst textured backings at the two-minute turn.

Marking the final single from her upcoming debut album Sober In Another Life, “Honeydew” kicks off with a fusing of buzzing bass, guitar fragments, and a synth-laden engrossment. The vocals’ emergence finds accompaniment in that buzzing synth, with the other instrumentation arising steadily.

The title-referencing vocal line builds into a bouncy, hooky appeal in the “keep at it,” refrain, followed by the acoustic-touched dreaminess — providing a fantastic bridge in between the bursting electro-pop moments. “Honeydew, glad it’s you,” the vocals enamor with, firmly placing this in replay-inducing territory.

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of September 2023’ Spotify playlist.

We discovered this release via MusoSoup, as part of the artist’s promotional campaign.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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