Wave Grass

Sample track : Mystery of the Plain

Wave Grass

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CD in cardboard sleeve.
Written and produced by Honey Barbara.
Ross Marlow: keyboards, vocals, percussion and bass.
James Sidlo: 6-string baritone guitar, 12-string baritone guitar, fretless guitar, mandolin, bouzouki, cittern, guitar viol, glissentar, electro harp guitar, 8-string guitar, and resonator guitar.
Robert Potter: drums, percussion.
Terry Orff: bass.
Dan Tellez: guitars.
Recorded in San Antonio, Texas.
Mastered by Robert Catlin.
With contributions from Amanda Golden, Cari Palazzolo, Gail McDonald-Saenz, David Villarreal, Frank Villarreal, Morgen Johnson, Janet Feder, Ertan Torgul, Stephanie and Tom Pember.
Album cover designed by Rudy VanderLans.

TRACKS:
1. Vivoras D’oro
2. Bazaar
3. Mystery of the Plain
4. On the Beach
5. And the Sea Will Give Up its Dead
6. She Guides Us Toward the Sun
7. The Longest Week
8. Unseen Girl
9. The Magician’s Wife
10. Farewell for Now
11. White Mountain
12. Baobab
13. Last Wave
14. Late in the Day
15. Driftwood


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“It’s unfortunate that San Antonio psychedelic pop outfit Honey Barbara has flown so far under the radar during an existence that’s spanned roughly three decades. The group — centered around vocalist-keyboardist Ross Marlow and guitarist James Sidlo — does a masterful job at crafting psychedelic pop tunes that are at once accessible and experimental. Instruments dance around the echo-drenched vocals, mysteriously fading in and out of the mix. Surprising snippets of ethnic music and jazzy exotica periodically bubble to the surface. Retro-hip touches such as nods to Brazilian Tropicalia and swinging ’60s movie soundtracks occasionally evoke Stereolab, and the mix of experimentation and melodicism isn’t too far off from Before and After Science-area Brian Eno. But on Reveries, Honey Barbara is charting its own brave course.”

San Antonio Current, 2020.


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“Honey Barbara appears to be one of those bands that doesn't explore progressive rock as such, but rather explore musical landscapes with ties to progressive rock in terms of style, and with a certain amount of progressive spirit to their material that often finds favor among fans of progressive rock. As far as genre placement goes, this combo appears mostly as a psychedelic rock band with a foundation in the vintage-oriented part of the genre.”

Progressor, 2017.


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“We were surprised to receive this release because it’s been quite some time since we’ve heard from the Texas-based band Honey Barbara. The band initially came to the attention of many by way of their 2002 release I-10 & W. Ave. which was released on the Emigre label. The folks in this band state that their music is recommended if you like Burt Bacharach, Esquivel, and The Residents. So, as you might guess, this music is decidedly esoteric. Simultaneously released as a vinyl LP and CD, Wave Grass is a cool trip into the world of true artistic expression. Rather than going for one sound or style, the folks in this band seem to simply let their imagination(s) take them anywhere. As a result, these tracks are inventive, sometimes peculiar, and truly creative.”

Babysue, 2016.


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“In summary, and it’s tough to tidily summarize this album, but imagine Henry Mancini and Ennio Morricone dropping a tab or two and then rolling up their sleeves for a Prog-Psych soundtrack collaboration and you might… you just MIGHT… get something like Wave Grass.”

Jerry Kranitz, Amazon, 2015.