Melbourne band Howlite craft elemental, cinematic dreamscapes, marrying trip-hop with pop songwriting to create a sound that is entirely their own. Their latest single, “Olympia”, is a sprawling, evocative dissection of the male gaze, and how one can subvert it. The song offers a second taste from their forthcoming EP, “Not Here”, and builds on the ethereal, indie foundations of their previous single “Reducer” – a track that was featured on Spotify’s New Music Friday in Germany and Switzerland, and was added to their coveted Fresh Finds playlist.
“Olympia” and “Reducer” are pillowy-pop delights that sees the band shed their folk roots for something far more expansive and brooding. Alison Thom soars above dark and brooding musical foundations, her beguiling vocals, coupled with the bands electronic, trip-pop undertones captivates in the same vein as London Grammar and The XX. To harness the tracks otherworldly pop elements the band engaged super producer JP Fung ( AViVA, Lime Cordiale, MANE), alongside producer Tyson Fish (Children Collide, Vance Joy), and engineer Daniel Caswell (Bad//Dreems ). With strong trip-hop elements, and pockets of pop song writing, there is a underlying of confidence and focus.