Melbourne band Howlite craft elemental, cinematic dreamscapes, marrying trip-hop with pop songwriting to create a sound that is entirely their own. Rolling Stone Australia described their sound as “glimmers of hope slip through the cracks of the brooding, borderline folk, but inches-from-pop” and Mushroom Group compared it to “controlled sadness beautified into a cluster of sublime sound” with Triple J stating “that London Grammar appeal is there but this carves out its own beautiful, dramatic sound with great results”.
Their latest singles,”Reducer” and “Olympia”, 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.
These singles offer a taste from their forthcoming EP, “Not Here”, and found praise around the country, including features on Spotify’s Fresh Finds, as well as New Music Friday in Germany and Switzerland. To harness the tracks otherworldly pop elements the band engaged super producer JP Fung ( AViVA, Lime Cordiale, MANE) and engineer Joe Carra (King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, Courtney Barnett, Fraser A Gorman). With strong trip-hop elements, and pockets of pop song writing, there is a underlying sense of confidence and focus with these tracks.