Song: Dog Daisies – Taste of Honey review

by Philip Moss

As long time fans, it is always a treat when new music arrives from Mr Dog Daisies himself, Ste Hudson. And this time, in the form of Taste of Honey, we’re treated to the first cut from upcoming album, Moonbathing.

The self proclaimed ‘propulsive guitar-driven rush’ of debut album, Eagletism, and the wonky lo-fi exertions of early EP, An Inland Voyage, make way. Hudson swaps the wide eyed, binocular view of standing on motorway bridges overlooking the M6 for a night time tale – blending the piano led craft of Wilco’s A Ghost is Born with the introspection of Badly Drawn Boy’s The Hour of Bewilderbeast – to create something entirely his own. It still has a DIY edge – the tinkling of the ivories that dance throughout were recorded at a friend’s grandparent’s Lake District cottage, and after hours in a Lancaster coffee shop. But the first taster from Moonbathing shows a much bigger vision. It sees him diving back into childhood bedtime tales and ‘the dust of an unremembered dream’ paired with his most interesting melodies explored to date.

In shaking off a little bit of the whimsy side to his craft, Taste of Honey is another step forward for Dog Daisies – and it as darkly sweet as it is outright brilliant.

Second album, Moonbathing, is out on 15th October through Bingo Records.

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