For something that is released in 2019, Raw Honey had the impression of an album that is commonly found after crate-digging in the 70s. True, just seeing the cover, anyone could see the 60s to 70s vibe already. However, what does Raw Honey actually represent, really?
• Is Drugdealer a Band?
Just as how online gambling games immediately becomes a hit, Drugdealer becomes a huge band almost in an instant. Some groups got one music writer but perform as a band. Others made the music and perform together. However, Drugdealer doesn’t exactly fall on those categories, though we can say it leans more to the first one.
One can say that Drugdealer is more of a band than a solo, yet “more of a collective than a band.” Despite this complicated explanation, Drugdealer releases great hits and that soon become huge trend.
Drugdealer itself is a partnership for Sasha Winn (vocals), Michael Collins, and Shags Chamberlain (production, bass). However, it is a fact that Collins writes and composes most of Drugdealer’s songs by himself.
However, as the song is produced thanks to the efforts of collective artists, we can’t really call Drugdealer a solo nor band work. The term ‘musical group’ may be more fitting, though it is not exactly accurate.
• About Raw Honey
Besides the three partners of Drugdealer, the album Raw Honey includes more collaboration with many other artists. Playing the instrumentals are Jackson MacIntosh (guitar), Josh Da Costa (drums), Michael Long (lead guitar), Danny Garcia (guitar), and Benjamin Schwab (backing vocals, wurlitzer, organ, guitar, piano). Besides that, there are also guest vocalists such as the Dougie Poole, the country balladeer, Harley Hill-Richmond, and Natalie Mering (Weyes Blood), who frequently collaborate. These guest vocals contribute to specific songs. For one, Poole sings in Wild Motion, Hill-Richmond in Lonely, and Blood in Honey among other songs.
In the style of what’s in in the 60s, Collins wrote up existential questions laced in beautiful arrangements. Among the lyrics, one can find “What’s the point of creating?” as the main inspiration of the album. In attempt to answer this question, Collins seeks the way by going back to the memories of the 60s. In songs such as Lost in My Dream and Fools, we can see that he embraces the previous generation’s coke-cutting soundtrack while delivering an antithesis of that acceptance in Fools.
Just seeing that golden cover, people would be sent to a nostalgic trip to the billboards back in the 70s. However, Collins begs the listener not to get stuck in the memory. He garnered this idea in Fools, “It’s not the same song you remember. You can try but it’s just plain wrong.”