If Robyn's last album, Body Talk, was dressed up in robots and the mechanical, then Honey is warmer and sweeter, a sensual record about being human that starts from a place of loss and grief, and emerges ecstatically and joyfully into the light. "I danced a lot when I was making it," says Robyn. "I found a sensuality and a softness that I don't think I was able to use in the same way before. Everything just became softer."
Though she has spent the time in between records working almost constantly, curating remixes of her own songs, on side-projects and collaborations with friends, this is the first time she's back as simply Robyn since she finished the long period of touring that followed the huge international success of Body Talk. By 2014, she began thinking about making a new record, but her confidence wasn't what it had been. "I wanted to make an album, but I couldn't," she says. "I didn't know how to make an album. I didn't know what kind of music it was supposed to be. It just felt really pushed and contrived." She says she wasn't even sure that she would make another album at all. "I was at a point where I didn't want to write more sad love songs. I really felt like I was getting tired of my own life," she laughs. "I'm over this!"
That feeling of rejuvenation runs through Honey, from its newfound softness to its determined examination of - and movement away from - sadness. The title track, which follows Send To Robyn Immediately, is the moment at which the record begins to rush towards the light. The idea for it began when Robyn pressed two buttons at the same time on an old Casio synth. She loved the accidental beat and bassline that appeared, and worked on the loop for a long time without quite getting what the song should be. But she had been thinking about the word 'honey' for a long time, and eventually, the two came together. "It has all this mythology around it. In Egypt, it was something they used in making mummies, so it was connected to death. There's psychedelic honey in Peru which you can trip your head off. I found a place for the word in that song where I had put in all this time, with this beat, that was just about this rhythm. I kept writing the melodies and then one day it just happened."
Of course Honey was going to be the title track. It's everything Honey the album has turned out to be. "Honey, to me, was the feeling of sensuality and softness, and all the things I was growing in the studio, like a garden," says Robyn. "This sweet place, like a very soft ecstasy. Something that's so sensual, and so good."