Silja Rós, the cool breeze from Iceland wafts into our auditory landscapes with her latest single “Honey…”. The track sits comfortably within the gentle contours of contemporary pop, molded with a hint of soul that only amplifies its allure.
Let’s talk vocals. Silja’s voice—if we’re allowed to blend metaphors for a moment—lends the track an eloquence and quiet strength. It’s as though she’s simultaneously capturing both the vulnerability and power of human emotion. One can hear the sincerity she threads into every note, maintaining a balance of fragility and command. A veritable chanteuse, if I may add.
“Honey…” carries an easy-listening charm that wraps around you like a warm hug on a frosty evening (Icelandic weather reference? Too much?). You got it – it is ‘super catchy relaxing’. The seamless collaboration with musical compatriots Stefán Örn in production and instrumental contributions from Kristófer Nökkvi, Magnus Dagsson and Baldur Kristjánsson elevate this piece further; weaving strands of silky melody into tungsten-strong hooks that stay with you long after the song ends.
Copenhagen-born but surely inspired by Nordic folklore, Rós crafts lyrics with depth seemingly reflective of hidden wisdoms found in ancient sagas (remember when they popularized TV series running off those?). The love story spun in this track envelops us in emotions so pure, they remind us fondly of first kisses or passionately intense breakups.
This tantalizing single serves as an amuse-bouche for what seems to be quite possibly an entrancing upcoming album set to release in 2024. And if you ask me? This reviewer will impatiently wait to dive once more into Silja Rós’ Ice-‘pop’ universe (last ice joke, promise!). Whatever numinous current ran through Studio Bambus during “Honey…”’s creation, may it continuously surge through future recordings. Silver linings never sounded this good.