Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters Release Video For ‘New York’
July 19, 2021
Since April 2021, Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters have been releasing music from their upcoming collection, The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea, a concept suite built from songs recorded under the straitened circumstances of quarantine and envisioned as a “deconstructed album,” released, not as a package, but in a monthly series of paired singles. The band, led by Platt, has recently released the fourth pair, “Saint Sebastian” and “This Night” (July 16, 2021).
“‘Saint Sebastian’ came from a story that my grandmother told me about how she and her mother had spent a long time looking for the grave of Florence, her grandmother. They were never able to find it. Her mother (my great grandmother) was kind of a troubled soul and died young, and from what my grandmother has told me this caused her a lot of sadness and confusion in her childhood,” says Platt. “While I was writing this song I was drawing a lot of imagery from the world on lock down (I wrote it in April/May of 2020), and that’s where the idea of a ‘strange holiday’ came from… the kids were all home from school but not allowed to play with their friends, grownups whispering…at one point my grandmother was sent to live with family in Italy for a while, a time that she remembers fondly but which was probably also confusing a little sad. A strange holiday in itself. This track features Rick Cooper on the keys, one of his many talents that doesn’t get showcased in the Honeycutters very often.”
Of “This Night” Platt says, “‘This Night’ is another older song that kept getting shuffled to the back of the pile when it came time to make an album. It’s a song about being displaced, being alone, having lost too much to comprehend. I was moved to start writing when I first started hearing stories on the news about the Syrian refugee crisis. It’s so easy to distance ourselves from what is happening in other parts of the world, to turn people into numbers. I guess I was trying to remind myself of the hundreds of thousands of personal experiences that are wrapped up in a five minute news segment.”
Amanda Anne Platt & The Honeycutters have also released a video for “New York” (watch video on this post, press “play” above)—a song from the first pair of singles released from The Devil and The Deep Blue Sea—after a premiere by The Bluegrass Situation.
“I always get ideas for videos when I’m listening to mixes in the car. My 20-month-old daughter really took a shine to this song one day while I was listening and started demanding it every time we got in the car… over and over and over. So I had a lot of time to visualize the story,” Platt told BGS. “It’s a song I wrote about leaving the house that I grew up in, and kind of saying goodbye to that younger version of myself. Our friend Gretchen Kauffman did such a great job as little Amanda! We had a really fun time.”