Janet Devlin's anti-ballad, 'Honest Men' gives us an intriguing look at her new album
Janet Devlin is set to release her new concept album, Confessional, in May and the third single to be taken from it - 'Honest Men' now has a surprisingly stark video. Check it out above.
‘Honest Men’ began life as a self-reflective commentary in the midst of a long winter battling seasonal affective disorder. “I was alone in my house in London, ukulele in hand,” Janet recalls of the song’s origin. “I began singing the darkest lyrics over the top of this beautiful melody that was emerging from my little uke. That juxtaposition of light and shade inspired me to write the whole thing in under an hour. It really captured a moment and a lot of meaning is contained in in this track!”
The ominous track immediately draws the listener in with its quiet yet menacing introduction and stripped back piano. The reverb-heavy low guitar riffs are overlaid with an evocative chain-gang clattering of chains, claps and foot stomps, which generates Janet’s clarion call to break free from the imprisonment of her past. A mimicked heartbeat midway provides a thrilling lead-in to the song’s climax where Janet is joined by a spine-tingling choral accompaniment bringing the track to its hushed conclusion.