London trio Honeyglaze release ‘Burglar’, a dreamlike and jazz-flecked debut via Speedy Wunderground.

The subtle gravitational pull of the vocal and the progressive, interweaving instrumental backbone pushes you into deep-space.

Words: Karl Johnson | Photo: Holly Whitaker


One quick listen to Burglar evokes memories of night-time walks through London. Whether it’s between night buses on the way home from gigs or the awkward crossing of body clocks on your early walk to work, Honeyglaze manage to bottle both the tranquillity of London on a standstill and the crossing of paths of different souls in the wee hours. Rolling in at just under 6 minutes, and with a video that, “isn’t a story so much as a recreation of hypnagogia”, mention the trio – who offer Meshes of the Afternoon, an experimental short film by Maya Deren as inspiration – Burglar‘s visual walks the tightrope between consciousness and a dream state, or as Honeyglaze put it, “the shadows of sleep paralysis become just as real as the material world.”

The subtly of the arrangement on Burglar is key, the track’s nearly 6 minute runtime – of course, not unusual for a Speedy Wunderground release – allows you to submerge yourself into the track’s subterranean depths, drifting weightless between the gravitational pull of Anouska Sokolow’s lyrical delivery and the more bruising instrumental moments. The three-piece offer a progressive feel instrumentally, jazz-flecked and inward-looking as the slow-burn bass grooves of Tim Curtis and the drumming of Yuri Shibuichi interlock and engage seemingly on a higher level.

Burglar is out now on Speedy Wunderground and arrives alongside a tour with labelmates The Lounge Society next month, finishing at The Windmill, London on October 21st.