Love was a battlefield, but with Honeymoon Punch, Jenn Grant raises the white flag high. It's time for peace, but not for quiet. Honeymoon Punch is a spiked Love Potion No. 9, a frisky concoction of spirited, synth-sweetened songs balanced with muted, natural elements - somewhere between over the rainbow and Radiohead's In Rainbows.
"Oh My Heart" is a mischievous opener; with equal parts whirr and purr Jenn Grant reassures you she'll only see your good side. "Getcha Good" walks in Nancy Sinatra's boot steps, but without the brush-off. "How I Met You" and "Parliament of Owls" dabble in dappled brushstrokes, mixing dark and light with an electronic palette. Previous releases resonate in the climb up "Paradise Mountain", a trip down Moon River, and "All Year", where the melancholic bass clarinet shakes off its Echoes blues and leads the parade.
On the shore of Lake Deception, Nova Scotia, producer and beau Daniel Ledwell (In-Flight Safety), and a cast of familiar characters (Kinley Dowling, David Christensen, Sean MacGillivray, Mike Belyea) reprised their Echoes roles and traded a few seats to make an album that explores the ups and ups of happiness. Exchanging misery for ecstasy in matters personal and musical, Honeymoon Punch drives the dark clouds away.
Honeymoon Punch is an elixir. Drink it in.