Andres Ponce and Sofy Encanto have been married for nearly a decade, and have been releasing music as Elastic Bond for just as long. The band got signed to Nacional Records back in 2013, and have since been featured on several publications and festivals. This Friday, they're set to release Honey Bun, a funky new record that's their most cohesive yet, bringing in sounds from their more ambient beginnings to funk and neo-soul influences. A staple of the Miami music scene for years, the band isn't setting their eyes on the world; rather, they're focused on making good music, and spreading the love that's kept them and their music going. The new album is streaming this week on Univision's Ulab before it's release.
Popdust caught up with Encanto and Ponce on a phone call to talk about the new record, love, and how the term "honey bun" wraps all of that into a saccharine-sweet, funky new record.
How have you seen the Miami music scene grow since you started playing?
Sofy Encanto: Well, we sort of saw these events come together around town at the same time we created our band and started growing. We watched a couple of our colleagues around town, and we'd go to a jam session, and people would kind of meet there: next thing you know, there's a band. People have chemistry with each other, and it's a band. Bands we've seen grow are like Afrobeta...
I was about to mention them!
AP: We're good friends; we've done bunch of shows together, and we really like each other's music.
You guys have a similarly funky ambient sound. I was listening to "Dorada" from the new record, and it reminded me of your older stuff. I was wondering how you would describe your sound, if you would describe it as anything at all.
AP: [Laugh]. It's a mix, a fusion. We definitely have a lot of funk and soul influences. Hip-Hop; the beats are very present in our production; Sofy really turned me onto it a lot. I mean I don't know, our sound is Latin Alternative, I guess.
SE: I think that's more of a genre. I would say we have a Latin neo-soul vibe, if I had to only use a few words.
I like that you guys had to struggle to define it; so many people can just define themselves as pop artists or rockers, and your sound is so rich with influences.
SE: Some people would argue that it's a barrier from being commercial, but we're just trying to make music. Music that we like. That's the only thing in our minds when we make music, rather than fitting into a specific genre or anything like that.
AP: Besides, now that record stores barely exist anymore, in the Internet you don't need a section or a genre. You can just be who you are.
That said, you're releasing this record on vinyl.
Is this your first time doing that? Are you excited?
SE: Super excited, super happy about that. We have a record player, and for us a record is very special. It's our first vinyl, actually.
Is it a normal pressing? Any specific colors?
AP: No, just a normal limited-edition record. The digital version has a couple more songs, but now it's just a regular black vinyl.
It's your regular black vinyl, though.
AP: [Laugh] Yeah, oh yeah...
Where did the idea for "Honey Bun" come from?
SE: I really don't know where it came from [Laugh]. Maybe from me, hearing somebody else calling me honeybun. It's one of those subconscious phrases you don't even know you have in your stash. It's not like I go around calling every body "honey bun," but it just came naturally. Sometimes you don't know where these words come from. It comes from love. It comes from the love you have when you're writing a song, you know? Love for what you're doing. "Honey bun" is a phrase of love. "Hey, honey bun," you know? You call somebody that out of love, out of affection, and I know it came from some sort of…
It came from a sweet place.
SE: It's who you're being at that moment. You're being a loving person.
And how does the new single relate to the record as a whole
AP: It relates to the groove and the sound. It has a kind of organic sound: guitar, bass. It's maybe the most danceable song on the record. In that sense, it's a little bit different but we feel this record as a whole has a more cohesive sound than our previous albums. We collaborated with a cool producer who helped with the overall sound.
SE: I think a part of the message of it is always a message of love. Love and freedom. Freedom to be yourself. Freedom to, you know, do the things you wanna do and not be afraid to do it. And love, you know? Love is definitely a universal theme of this album. Love and freedom, those two for sure.
Love is the most important thing.
SE: Yeah, and freedom too. Being free and loving.