Melbourne band Howlite craft elemental, cinematic dreamscapes, marrying trip-hop with pop songwriting to create a sound that is entirely their own. Howlite formed in late 2016, initially as a solo project for frontwoman and songwriter Alison Thom’s own music. But as her ambitions grew, so did her need for a full band. The group came about organically – Alison went to high school with keyboardist Andew Moscatelli, and guitarist Benjamin JR Botting joined after being introduced to her through mutual friends.
They released their debut EP Reasons in 2016, and followed it up with a string of singles “Reykavik”, “Gothic Romance”, “Saviour” and “Orchestra” that garnered acclaim from Rolling Stone, Mushroom and spins from Triple J and U.S college radio. Off the back of these releases, the band were invited to play at Canadian Music Week last year, where they performed at famed venue the Horseshoe Tavern.
Arriving off the back of their 2018 single, the dramatic “Orchestra”, “Reducer” is set to be the first taste from Howlite’s forthcoming EP Not Here, their most fully-realised and ambitious release to date. Recorded earlier this year at The Alamo studios alongside producer Tyson Fish (Children Collide, Vance Joy) and engineer Daniel Caswell (Flying Colours, Bad//Dreems ), the EP showcases a more unified, cohesive sound, which sees the band shed their folk roots for something far more expansive and brooding. This more direct, dreamy sound is the result of lush, immersive vocals, propulsive guitars and trip-hop inspired beats.