Artist info

Genre

Electronic, Indie, Pop, Roots


Sounds like

London Grammar, Daughter, The XX, Portishead


band members

Alison Thom Benjamin JR Botting Andrew Moscatelli


Influences

Daughter, Massive Attack, London Grammar, James Blake, Portishead, The XX


Unearthed artists we like

Big Scary, MANE, emma louise, JEFFE, Woodes


Website

www.howlite.com.au

Bio

Howlite craft elemental, cinematic dreamscapes, marrying trip-hop with pop songwriting to create a sound that is entirely their own.

Rolling Stone Australia describes their sound as “brooding, borderline folk, but inches-from-pop” with Mushroom Group likening it to “controlled sadness beautified into a cluster of sublime sound” and 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, Daughter and The XX.

These singles showcase a more unified, cohesive sound, and are the first taste from the bands forthcoming EP ‘Not Here’, their most fully-realised and ambitious release to date. This more direct, dreamy sound is the result of lush, immersive vocals, propulsive guitars and trip-hop inspired beats. As Alison explains, writing and recording this EP was a process of “trying to understand what is happening in my head”.

To harness the EPs otherworldly pop elements the band engaged super producer JP Fung (AViVA, Lime Cordiale, MANE), alongside producer Tyson Fish (Children Collide, Vance Joy).

Review

Review by Dave Ruby Howe Dave Ruby Howe

20 May 2020

Triple J
40

Sounds to me like Howlite has upped the focus lately - this song's all about releasing the serotonin payload with some crisp production and swelling vocals.

Sounds to me like Howlite has upped the focus lately - this song's all about releasing the serotonin payload with some crisp production and swelling vocals.

Review

Review by Declan Byrne Declan Byrne

15 May 2020

Triple J
35

as usual howlite dial up the drama and take you for a big ride, letting you get lost in the many layers.

as usual howlite dial up the drama and take you for a big ride, letting you get lost in the many layers.

Review

Review by Declan Byrne Declan Byrne

03 Dec 2019

Triple J
35

it takes a moment to get going but when those layers pile up from the 60 sec mark it's totally intoxicating.

it takes a moment to get going but when those layers pile up from the 60 sec mark it's totally intoxicating.