Today marks a new beginning for the LA-based singer-songwriter TOMI, signified by the release of her new EP, Sweet, Sweet Honey. The EP fills a void TOMI experienced between her last EP, What Kind of Love, released in 2018, and now. In the time between, TOMI, whose real name is Pam Autuori, underwent extreme emotional and physical hardship, leaving her record label at the time, suffering a breakup, and moving back to her childhood home in West Hartford, Connecticut.
Sweet, Sweet Honey captures all of the artist’s inner turmoil she felt throughout the last three years and introduces the artist who TOMI has become both within her music and the EP’s production. Sweet, Sweet Honey is described as a “masterful stripped-down recording” and is the first time the artist appears as the sole musician and producer. The EP’s release was also handled by the singer’s own record label, In Between Records, which she formed when she parted ways with her previous label, thus demonstrating an evolution within TOMI from singer-songwriter to someone more than.
The lead single, and also the soul of the EP, is the seven-minute folk track “Lemon Tree.” TOMI explains the intentions of the song, saying, “Growing up as a queer kid in the suburbs, I always felt like an outsider, as if everyone was climbing towards the same pinnacle—the suburban dream—and I was Sisyphus rolling the boulder up the hill. Writing “Lemon Tree” revealed a longing for the suburban dream I had buried away, assuming it wasn’t mine to have.” To accompany the single, a music video with a home-film aesthetic was released.
Watch the music video below.
Listen to Sweet, Sweet Honey on Spotify.
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