Gas Mask Magazine

Honestly: “San Francisco”

By: Emma Kopelowicz
June 16, 2020

If you’re in need of a quick nostalgia trip, electro-pop duo Honestly has a new song called “San Francisco” that should do the trick.

Fusing lush layers of 80’s new wave synths and bouncy 90’s pop rock instrumentals, Eric Canto and Dalton Winters transport their listeners to simpler times. This song is more than just a bedroom pop diary entry. Winters and Canto’s songwriting combines personal anecdotes with universal emotional experiences from wistful longing to heartbreak.

“San Francisco” proves that this musical duo has a knack for storytelling, and they know how to use their instruments, from piano keys to their very own voices, to emit powerful emotions. Their nostalgic rhythms are bright and full of life with each effervescent note glistening off the song’s high-polished surface. Listening to these melodies feels like looking back on a photo album filled with happy memories that leave us aching for better times. 

Filled with plenty of details and passionate vocals, it’s clear to see that these lyrics were drawn directly from the songwriter’s heart. “Instead of this empty apartment/I’m holding on to a blank piece of parchment
/Try to see where we went wrong,” Winters reminisces about his lost love. This hopelessly romantic track has got us thinking over past relationships, but hopefully no one is inspired to text their ex!

Stream the track below, and be sure to tell us what you think on social media at: @gasmaskmagazine. Feel free to connect with our writer as well: @emkopel!

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