Honey Harper has announced that her second album Honey Harper & The Infinite Sky will be released on October 28 via ATO Records.
The sequel to their 2020 feature debut Starmaker, Honey Harper & The Infinite Sky was born out of a deliberate overhaul of the band’s creative approach with Honey Harper co-founder and keyboardist Alana Pagnutti playing a much more important in the songwriting process alongside frontman William Fussell, adding a palpable new depth to their lyrical output. Honey Harper & The Infinite Sky is now available for pre-order.
The 12-song collection also marks their first recording with their stacked band The Infinite Sky featuring longtime bassist and contributing writer Mick Mayer, pianist John Carroll Kirby (Solange, Steve Lacy), Spoon keyboardist Alex Fischel, guitarist Jackson MacIntosh (Drugdealer, Jessica Pratt), pedal player Connor Gallaher (Black Lips, Calexico) and TOPS drummer Riley Fleck. The album was mixed at Wowcat Studios in Los Angeles by Joel Ford (yes/and, Ford & Lopatin).
Today the band released the album’s first single “Broken Token” along with a performance video filmed at EastWest Studios in Los Angeles, CA.
“‘Broken Token’ is our take on a new kind of Southern rock anthem, whether you’re home in 1973 or 2073, we wanted to take you this far,” says Fussell. “We wrote and recorded the song in just 30 minutes drawing inspiration from the bluesy Southern rock breed of the Allman Brothers Band and the pastoral lyrics of The Grateful Dead, unfolding in soulful harmonies and flowing beats.”
Inspired by a wide range of influences from George Jones to the Bee Gees, Greek mythology to sci-fi futurism, Bowie to Baudrillard, Honey Harper & The Infinite Sky taps into decades of musical history and places the stones of touches the most worn ones in unexpected new contexts. . A postmodernist pastiche worthy of a band praised by Pitchfork for a “heavenly twang that owes as much to Spiritualized as it does to Merle Haggard”, the album represents a seamless fusion of Fussell and Pagnutti’s distinct artistic journeys.
“Baudrillard talks about how the world we live in is so removed from the original source, it’s impossible to distinguish between what is authentic and inauthentic,” says Fussell. “But with country music, every previous generation questions the authenticity of the new guard: in the ’60s, all the musicians in the ’50s said, ‘That’s not real country music,’ and that way of thinking has kept repeating itself to this day.. With this record we wanted to challenge and play with the idea of authenticity, push the boundaries of the country and hopefully create something that had never been done before.
Despite the high level of conceptualization that went into its creation, the record embodies an irresistibly loose and heavy sound that hits with immediate impact. While Starmaker was billed as “country music for people who don’t like country music”, Honey Harper & The Infinite Sky is “country music for everyone”.
Honey Harper will kick off a tour in support of Amanda Shires beginning September 6 in Asheville, North Carolina. Find a full list of tour dates below and visit HoneyHarperMusic.com for tickets.
Tour Dates Supporting Amanda Shires
9/6 – Asheville, NC @ Gray Eagle
9/7 – Athens, Georgia @ Georgia Theater
9/9 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club
9/10 – Charlottesville, Virginia @ Jefferson Theater
9/11 – Knoxville, TN @ Jewel
9/13 – Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theater
9/14 – Philadelphia, PA @ World Café Live
9/17 – Nashville, TN @ AmericanaFest – Spot 5
9/19 – Homer, NY @ Center for The Arts
9/21 – Carrboro, NC @ Cat’s Cradle
9/22 – Atlanta, Georgia @ Variety Playhouse
9/23 – Charleston, SC @ Music Farm
9/24 – Chattanooga, TN @ Songbirds
10/6 – Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
10/7 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Commonwealth Hall
9/10 – Pioneertown, CA @ Pappy & Harriet’s
10/10 – Los Angeles, CA @ Troubadour
10/11 – San Diego, CA @ Belly Up
10/12 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
10/15 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
10/16 – Seattle, WA @ Tractor Tavern
10/22 – Grand Rapids, MI @ Pyramid scheme
10/24 – Toronto, ON @ Horseshoe
10/25 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
10/27 – Columbus, OH @ A&R Music Bar
10/28 – Indianapolis, IN @ Hi-Fi
11/3 – Louisville, KY @ Headliners
4/11 – Ann Arbor, MI @ The Ark
11/5 – Evanston, IL @ The Space
7/11 – Minneapolis, MN @ Amsterdam
11/8 – Kansas City, MO @ Madrid Theater
9/11 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Beer City Gardens
11/11 – Dallas, TX @ The Kessler
12/11 – Houston, TX @ Heights Theater
11/13 – Austin, TX @ Antone’s
11/15 – Little Rock, AR @ Rev! Bedroom
11/16 – St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House
11/18 – Madison, WI @ Majestic Theater
11/19 – Des Moines, IA @ Wooly’s
11/20 – Omaha, NE @ Barnato