This month’s featured band is Mexico City-based noise-pop/shoegaze quartet Howless.
Howless are Sara Soto, Dominique Sánchez, Mauricio Tinajero and Karla Ramírez.
Their debut LP To Repel Ghosts, produced by Rod Esquível, grapples with big themes, an album that suggests nervous foreboding and strikes different levels of consciousness. 35 minutes of beautifully crafted noise pop, consisting of eight dynamic songs that perfectly represent the sonic depth and magnitude of the band.
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“Levels” is the lead single and the second track on the album, a crash intro of chimney guitar paired with arpeggiated synthesizers, and 808 tom fills, gives way to an up beat rhythm and hook, leading to a strong memorable chorus, revealing a strength of natural pop song writing.
Second single “Rain and Ice” is sonically dark & also pushes in a heavier direction without losing melody or hookiness. A heavy low notation synth lead-in creates an atmospheric & moody staging for a recurring apocalyptic dream-theme.
“Unlucky”, the 3rd single off the album, represents the power of a pop song. Dominique Sanchez’s haunting ethereal vocals seamlessly float over layers of beautiful, noisey saturation, lyrically making reference to human self sabotage and the manifestation of one’s own bad luck, that is based on bad decision making.
To Repel Ghosts, is out now via Static Blooms Records.