Cali Massey | Honey Whistle

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Honey Whistle

by Cali Massey

A beautifully expressive voice, delicate guitar playing, and an uncanny ability to approach lyric writing from unique angles, all blend to exquisite effect on Cali Massey’s debut album. Ranging in mood from the yearning ache of Your Hands to the jaunty melodies of The Kids and playful swing of Honey Whistle, this laid-back collection is a delightful addition to the inventory of contemporary Canadian folk music.
Genre: Folk: Modern Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. The Kids
3:24 $0.99
2. Restless
2:58 $0.99
3. Your Hands
3:52 $0.99
4. Expendable Girl
3:08 $0.99
5. Heart's Beating Faster
5:27 $0.99
6. This Time
2:29 $0.99
7. Sunrise
3:36 $0.99
8. Socks
3:25 $0.99
9. Little Earthquakes
2:42 $0.99
10. To Love
2:49 $0.99
11. Honey Whistle
3:39 $0.99
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Album Notes
Canada boasts a long and proud tradition of excellent female singer-songwriters. From legendary artists like Joni Mitchell and Buffy Sainte-Marie to contemporary stars such as Kathleen Edwards and Feist, Canadian women have conquered the world with song. Folk music in particular has proven to be a genre from which many key Canadian female artists have arisen, and on the strength of her debut release, Honey Whistle, Nanaimo’s Cali Massey could well be another.
Vocally reminiscent of fellow Canadians Amelia Curran and Catherine McLellan, with jazzy echoes of Norah Jones, Massey is a songwriter approaching her subject matter from fascinating angles. Take the title track, Honey Whistle, for example, where the flirtatious lyrics present romantic imagery about the man in her life. It is this attention to detail, the unmistakable approach of a visual artist, identifying Massey as a unique talent. And to this end, having studied for four years at the Emily Carr University of Art & Design in Vancouver, it comes as no surprise that she is also an accomplished painter.
Massey started playing music relatively late, at 27-years -old, and after drifting in and out of music as life took her down various paths she eventually met singer-songwriter-guitarist Bezooyen. They clicked immediately. “He’s Paul to my John!” says Massey of Bezooyen. “Everything is really effortless with Paul. I guess we used to play in the same sandbox as kids, because we pick the same colours and the same tools, and we speak the same language.” Bezooyen contributed arrangements and instrumentation to Honey Whistle, saying of their collaborative energy: “It’s a real chemistry thing, a real compatibility. Our personalities and decisions and the ethics around what we’re creating have all this common ground.”
Whether melancholy or bouncy and playful, Massey and Bezooyen’s songs all explore the human condition and, as Massey intends, are all gifts to her listeners. “It’s really important to me that music is a gift all the time,” she says, “so whatever I’m writing about it has to be a shared thing.”



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Songs for All Moods
I love all kinds of music and like anyone my mood generally dictates the kind of music I’ll decide to play. This CD, however, is one of those rare collections of songs that can suit many moods. At once it possesses a light, summery feel and a melancholy, autumnal feel so, at least for me, the songs work on different levels depending on the circumstances.
It’s a gentle and pretty album, with plenty of space in the music for the often clever lyrics to shine through. Cali has a sweet voice with a slightly jazzy inflection that reminds me of singers like Norah Jones, but even in the more wistful and reflective material she sounds as if she’s smiling all the way through! In this respect it’s such a lovely listen!
I’m interested to see Paul Bezooyen’s name here as a contributor or collaborator. I know him from his folk and New Age projects, such as with Terry Mack in Wind Weaver, or else Dave Kilbank and as a solo instrumental artist. Paul is a lovely guitar player, adding some tasty acoustic 6-string flavours to Honey Whistle, but this is definitely a different kind of project for him to be involved in. Nonetheless, it’s a nice collection of songs from a singer whose name is totally new to me, so does anyone know if she’s recorded anything else? I can’t find anything here on CD Baby or elsewhere online.