Based in Charlottesville, VA, Honest Engine is the result of collaborative musical efforts from several contributors located throughout the Mid-Atlantic region. Through the finished compositions, the members of this project demonstrate that close proximity is not necessarily a requirement to create appealing music.
Following the initial idea for a song, a refreshingly fluid, yet intensely creative process begins. Each subsequent participant takes what already exists and puts their own spin on things, with minimal feedback from other members. This musical exchange replaces traditional band practices and scheduled recording sessions with a continually evolving, less predictable writing and recording process. The flexibility of this approach means that the finished product is entirely self-produced and driven solely by each contributor’s frank perception of the interwoven parts making up the final result.
The songs are vibrant, fresh and fused together with a distinctive energetic fervor. Strong vocals pair smoothly with memorable lyrics, while layered arrangements and inventive textural rhythms come together in powerful and effective arrangements. Honest Engine's tunes invite a listener to get taken in by this stimulating display of artistic cooperation, ultimately benefiting from the potent magnetism of inspired creativity.
-Commentary by Sorcha Szczerbiak
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Honest Engine is a music collaboration project based in Charlottesville, VA. Current contributors hail from Washington D.C., to the Eastern Shore of VA, to Nashville, TN, to three blocks down the street. The concept as a whole is fairly straightforward, but the process from start to finish is a little more intense. It all starts with an initial idea for a song, and each contributor builds upon that idea independently of one another. Traditional band practices are replaced with separate recording sessions (and sometimes re-recording sessions), and in the end what emerges is generally not overthought or predicted. Just separate and honest interpretations of an idea that somehow come together in the end.