Originally issued in 1971 by Nepentha Records – presided over by Kinks/Troggs manager Larry Page – Into Your Ears is the sole full–length offering from Honeybus founder member Pete Dello (assisted by a coterie of close friends).The album is a wonderful, timeless work of incisive, plaintive folk–pop balladry and buoyant, idiosyncratic creations, led along by Dello¢s honeyed voice (which eases effortlessly into falsetto) and expertly executed arrangements featuring minor orchestrations.
Into Your Ears represents the zenith of Dello¢s songwriting, comprised primarily of tunes written specifically for this project (supplemented by a few tracks intended for Honeybus which were re–cut for the occasion). The songwriting reflects a jovial playfulness, but also feelings of intense lovelorn longing, hope, wistfulness and moments that could serve as a great soundtrack to a break–up (with the brightness of delivery never making them ache with depression).
Everything on Into Your Ears comes from personal life experiences, even if twisted through a unique prism, with the deep emotions, whimsical moments and orchestration that never clutters the arrangements all achieving perfect balance. But, above all, the songs resonate with a pure dedication to "pop" and beckon you to listen in repetition, until they¢re at one with your very existence. There¢s something present, timeless and at times nearly indescribable about this very special set of songs that can¢t be pinpointed by simple equation.
Widely regarded by Honeybus fans, ¢60s–¢70s collectors and anyone who¢s happened into its beatific orbit, Into Your Ears is a lost classic deserving of further exposure.