Track Of The Day (2) – Howling Bells – ‘Slowburn’


 One of our favourite bands Howling Bells return after a break of almost three years with a new track ‘Slowburn’ which is anything but and engages the ears from the off, it’s the first track to emerge from their forth studio album ‘Heartstrings’, which is out on the 2nd June and has singer Juanita Stein sounding at her imperious and seductive best.  ‘Slowburn’ also has the edgy dark sonic thunder, which was very much in evidence on their classic début.

After two excellent somewhat experimental albums ‘Radio Wars’ and ‘The Loudest Engine’, which expanded their sonic palette this sounds very much, like a band getting back to basics.  Not in a regressive way, but distilling all they’ve learnt in their time together and finding fresh impetus.  The band recorded ‘Heartstrings’ over a period of eleven days laying down a track a day a process which really shaped the albums sound as singer Juanita Stein says ‘ Having a deadline means you’re forced to make crucial artistic decisions in a very short time.  You don’t have the luxury of overthinking.’  And if ‘Slowburn’ is indicative of what we can expect from the album then it seems Howling Bells have captured the spark, the spontaneity, the lightning in a bottle that has always marked them out as being one of THE must see live acts.  Ten years on and still brilliant!

The band will celebrate the release of the single with a live show at London’s Oslo, also on 7th April.


The full tracklisting for ‘Heartstrings’ is: Paris; Possessed; Your Love; Slowburn; Tornado; Euphoria; Paper Heart; Original Sin; Reverie; Heartstrings.

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Andy Von Pip

ANDY VON PIP - Founder, editor, writer, reviewer, photographer and all-round good guy at the House photographer for The Academy Music Group, Zuma Press, Event Magazine and Rex Features worldwide. You can check out his photography at Andy Von Pip Photography Has been new music tipster on BBC6 Music, Amazing Radio, and DJ on Strangeways Radio (USA.) Can currently be heard on IWFM Radio. His radio work has been described as sounding like Ian McCulloch on ketamine fused with Ringo Starr. New music tipster on Amazing Radio, moderator for BBC 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson's Fresh on the Net, former member of "BBC's Sound Of" panel. Written and photographic work has appeared in The Quietus, Music Week, Record Of The Day, The Guardian, GIITV, The Sabotage Times, Bido Lito, The Skinny, Louder Than War. Media partner and curator for Liverpool Sound City.

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