ALBUM REVIEW: PACKS – Melt the Honey | NARC. | Reliably Informed | Music and Creative Arts News for Newcastle and the North East

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Released: 19.01.24






When it came to writing and recording Melt The Honey, Madeline Link aka PACKS, and her band Dexter Nash (guitar), Noah O’Neil (bass) and Shane Hooper (drums) decamped to Mexico and continued a communal endeavour that’s worked since her Take The Cake mini album of 2021.

The result maintains some familiar features, the country/indie rock slacker vibes and intimate feel are present. Title song Honey has a disarming lo-fi charm, and generally the songs sound happier too, the scuzz of drawling Pearly Whites aside. Overall production quality, vocally, has always been hit and miss sometimes to the songs’ detriment and it’s the same here, but at least the melodies and textures linger in the brain longer to encourage repeated listens.


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