Honest Words may clock in at just over 10 minutes; this time whisking us away from the Fife landscape, yet it plays out as a suitable follow up to King Creosote & Jon Hopkins‘ Mercury nominated Diamond Mine.
True it has been expressed that Honest Words offers more soul searching than its precursor, and certainly the opening and title track nod to this in Kenny Anderson’s depiction of the art of songwriting as a revealing of the self. Hopkins meanwhile uses evermore subtle touches of electronica which appear prominently in the foreground on this three-track EP. While the production is almost so much so that the plucking of guitar melds in such a way with twinkling bleeps and stuttering synths that we’re left with a blurred line between the traditional and the contemporary: a sure sign of the seamlessness of marriage between the styles of both artists.
Diamond Mine‘s ‘Bats in the Attic (Unravelled)‘ makes a welcomed reappearance as a reworking further altered with swirling synths and tripping beats, while Creosote’s melody and tempo remain unchanged. This is a glistening reprise that’s over far too quickly.