Jamie Tipson is a Surrey, UK-born singer/songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and co-founder of Pretty Thing Records, a label and promotions company, specifically created to help other like-minded artists — and he’s also the creative mastermind behind the up-and-coming British indie rock project Second Hand Poet.
Last year, Tipson released his Second Hand Poet debut Songs for the Pyre, and he quickly followed that up with the January release of “I’ll Be Yours,” a track that received airplay from BBC Introducing, Amazing Radio and BBC 6, and was featured in the Unsigned Guides Spotlight and Richer Sounds Artist of the Month. Building upon a growing national profile in his native UK, Tipson’s latests ingle “Honeycomb” is a hook-driven and anthemic track that recalls 120 Minutes-era alt rock, The Silversun Pickups and others, as its centered around jangling power chords, a propulsive rhythm section and Tipson’s plaintive vocals.
Interestingly, Tipson’s new Second Hand Poet is a decidedly upbeat track that finds him straying a bit from his self-described band of gloom folk. In fact, the track finds Tipson employing the use of a full band — and it required a much more collaborative creative process than much of his previously released work. “‘Honeycomb’ is a weird one,” Tipson explains in press notes. “It’s completely the opposite sound and style to my usual work but I just had to get it out in this way. I still play it acoustic when live but the intention was to almost sound as if I was singing over a Smashing Pumpkins’ track on the recorded version.” “The song itself is about people, about connecting material things with feelings or certain memories in time, soundtracking moments,” Tipson says of his latest single. “After all, that’s what music is isn’t it?”
Edited by Alex Thomas, the recently released video for “Honeycomb” stars Tipson, his backing musicians for the song’s creation and a series of friends, loved ones and supporters from around the world. “I just wanted to create something a bit immersive, music is relatable regardless of taste and opinion and the idea of bringing people I care about in all senses of the word felt really special to me,” Tipson says of the video. “I’ve never met some of the people in the video, and some of them that are featured even helped fuel the need for me to create in the first place. ”