Melbourne’s Howlite reveal sophomore album and it’s a divine, brooding masterpiece

Melbourne’s Howlite reveal sophomore album and it’s a divine, brooding masterpiece

'Not Here' for Howlite is out now.

Move over London Grammar – Melbourne has their own soaring experimental trip hop, cinematic pop dream in Howlite.

Having crafted their glorious sound since 2016 with the release of their debut EP Reasons, Howlite are making 2020 their bitch, releasing the larger than life follow-up Not Here. The six track body of work is out today via Believe, and believe us – it’s amazing!

The first taste of Not Here came just over a year ago in August of 2019 with lead single, the pillowy-pop power ‘Reducer’. Just sitting shy of 40K streams, the single garnered significant attention with features on Spotify New Music in Germany and Switzerland, along with Spotify Fresh Finds. It has been on rotation on Triple J Unearthed and made appearances on the J’s ‘Home and Hosed’, ‘Roots and All’ and ‘Something More’ which also gaining spins on 3RRR, PBS, SYN, 4ZZZ and JOY.

The end of 2019 saw the release accompanied by the dark and brooding ‘Olympia’, followed shortly by the delicate ‘Infancy’. ‘Stranger’ got tongues wagging again in early July with it’s haunting layering elevating frontwoman Alison Thoms uniquely powerful vocals. The final single release ‘Canary’ dropped last Friday 9 October with a premiere on The AU Review as a pre-EP-release gift for fans and has already won over audiences thanks to it’s pulsing heartbeats, swirling soars of harmonies and infectious chorus that are the signature of Howlites ethereal indie foundation.

Not Here also contains track ‘Blood Type’, a dark carnival Billie Eilish reminiscent piece that closes the chapter on the deep dive into Alison Thom’s psyche as a female in the midst of her late 20’s uncovering her wounds and healing them with self-discovery.

Howlite prove with Not Here that they are in fact in the opposite position in the music industry. They have arrived with an unforgettable entry and are here to stay.

Check out their release below. You can thank us later.