Soulful songs about love and breaking up from a British duo.
The third Mosaic Music event in 2019 is a concert by HONNE, duo James Hatcher and Andy Clutterbuck. The term “honne” originated in postwar Japan and means true thoughts and intentions that are kept hidden from society. London-based HONNE are known for doing precisely the opposite: they don’t hide their emotions. The Telegraph described their music as “futuristic soul destined to re-invent babymaking music,” while Hatcher and Clutterbuck say they like to think of it as music for a romantic late-night drive with the windows down. Unsurprisingly, all of the songs from the duo’s two studio albums deal with love and separation.
HONNE jokingly call Milla Jovovich, one of their most loyal supporters, their Los Angeles manager. For their latest album Love Me / Love Me Not, the duo collaborated with Nana Rogues, who has produced hits for star rapper Drake, young feminist singer-songwriter Georgia Meek, and Norwegian electropop artist Anna of the North. Although their sound has largely been shaped by electronic music (Hatcher and Clutterbuck list Thom Yorke’s experimental The Eraser among their biggest influences), the band’s live performances feature guitars and drums, as the duo choose not to hide from the audience behind their laptops. And no matter how large the venue, HONNE create an atmosphere of intimacy at every gig.