Already known for their meticulous development of ethereal indie-pop sounds, built on dark and brooding musical foundations, Melbourne trio Howlite have returned with a dive into a glossy atmospheric soundscape – their brand new single, Reducer. The first taste of their forthcoming EP ‘Not Here,’ the song is the beginning of a new chapter for the band.
Vocalist Alison Thom remains a driving force behind the emotive punch of the song, her voice easily captivates in the same vein as Empress Of, BANKS and London Grammar’s Hannah Reid. Sonically, Howlite explore a more distinct electronic path with Reducer, swapping their folk roots for samples and throbbing bass and loops that make the realm the song sits in one that shines with music texture. “‘Reducer’ has a noticeable pop edge to it, which was a decisive choice. We wanted to strip away the layers, and really focus on the things that we felt defined our soundscape.” Howlite
A consistent follow up to their 2018 release Orchestra, Reducer is Howlite at their most ambitious creative peak to date. Reflective and introspective, the song’s release comes at a time where Howlite are stepping further into a spotlight marked by confidence and a hungry curiosity for exploring dark pop instrumentation along with solidifying the dreamy soundscapes that have endeared them to crowds around the country.
“A haunting, though gentle affair, the devil is in the sparse details.”
Pilerats (‘Gothic Romance’)“Melt. This song haunts me.”
Triple J, Nkechi Anele (‘Saviour’)
“Pretty, swelling folk-rock that’ll get your eyes gooey.”
Triple J Unearthed, Tommy Faith (‘Orchestra’)
“Glimmers of hip slip through the cracks of the brooding, borderline folk, but inches-from-pop as vocalist Alison Thom lifts us up by our all black boots amidst assurances that ‘this is a ritual’.”
Rolling Stone Australia
Ready to introduce their new music to audiences on the east coast at the end of August, Howlite are primed for a fruitful tail-end of 2019. Renowned for an engaging stage presence, the Reducer-era of Howlite is one that will see the band embrace a strong new element of their band dynamic. “Our live show is something we’ve been building on over the last few months. Playing alongside some great bands such as San Mei and Deep Sea Arcade really inspires you to develop not only a great sounding live set, but something that is immersive and engaging for the audience. And that’s our focus for this single launch.” Howlite
Reducer is released Friday August 16th.
HOWLITE ‘REDUCER’ LAUNCH
Friday August 30th Cactus Room Melbourne
with Lunar Tide