A beloved indie-pop project that is still far from being overexposed is back, and happily the music hasn’t suffered from the time away. In the mid-’00s, Mikael Carlsson, then lead singer for a scrappy band called Dorotea, started the Honeydrips as an electronic-oriented solo venture. In 2007, the Gothenburg, Sweden-based artist released Here Comes the Future, a magnificently realized DIY-pop opus that spawned a remix by the Field and helped mark a special time for Gothenburg label Sincerely Yours (the Tough Alliance, Air France, CEO, JJ).
Carlsson brought his karaoke-style singer/songwriter show on the road with Jens Lekman in 2008, but by 2010 he’d retired the Honeydrips project after just the one album. “I’ve said everything I wanted to say,” he wrote on the Sincerely Yours website. Carlsson withdrew behind wobbly distortion on some low-key releases with another band, WÆE, but now, four years after calling time on the Honeydrips, he has revived the project with “Oh Stampe, Oh Stella,” the first single from upcoming album In the City, set to arrive early next year on Gothenburg-based Luxury.
The single is a subdued but sure expansion on the Technicolor tenderness of the debut, with children’s cheers, Chris Isaak-inspired guitars and lyrics that, according to a press release, are about a rabbit and a kitten. Listen below.