“Opia“ sees Honingbeer’s musical colors shine, it’s a fully realized vision informed by her background in classical music and her never-ending curiosity about state of the art production. The result is big, dramatic and bold. It’s filled with emotional warmth and sincerity. It’s pure and constantly surprising in the best possible way. It’s Neo-Classic. But it isn’t, really. So, if you are of the opinion to exactly know how music made by violin and electronics sound like, Honingbeer will prove you wrong.
Her debut EP for Bigamo was written during the pandemic while she was living alone – and partly didn’t have a home, actually. Opia, by definition, is a defect in vision. In terms of Honingbeer’s music, it refers to a rather different kind of self-reflection, as she wasn’t shying away from challenging her mirror image to take her to the deepest discomfort hidden in her subconsciousness. The effect of this journey was a cathartic one, as it made her reach a new found musical autonomy while she learned to understand solitude as something that makes her feel safe and sound.
Sometimes, in order to decide if something’s good or bad for you, you have no other choice than placing yourself right in the midst of it. Honingbeer did exactly that while writing this material. And luckily, she isn’t sparing us the details.
Frank Wiedemann on the release:
Our dear Bigamo artist Joram Feitsma introduced me to Marthe aka Honingbeer last year and I was immediately fascinated by the tone and the space she developed within her songs. Opia is very relaxing and tense at the same time, sparse and full of complexity, acoustic and yet electronic – all wonderful contrasts rarely happening on one EP.