Howling return with “Phases” (supported via RA), the first new music from their forthcoming full-length. Released digitally on 8th March 2017 on Counter Records alongside a club version of the original, the single will be followed by remixes from Alex.Do (Dystopian) and Toto Chiavetta (Innervisions) which will see a vinyl and digital release via Innervisions.
“We began this track with a few synths and some obscure vinyl samples when we had some time together in California in an old wood and stone house looking down over the sea… everything was recorded there with all the beautiful scratch and hiss of a lounge room with windows open to the world… we shaped it further playing it live, learnt how it needed to flow and gently coerced it when we could in Berlin and Ibiza and anywhere we found ourselves in between… it found its way to its many forms and carries all those places and moments with it now..”
Consisting of Frank Wiedemann of Âme and singer RY X of The Acid, Howling released their debut album “Sacred Ground” in 2014 to widespread acclaim. Described as “Flawlessly stunning production… A tranquil masterclass in downtempo electronics” by Mixmag, the record solidified their previous breakout success with the viral track ‘Howling’, and was complimented with a set of stunning remixes from the likes of Midland,Rødhåd and Radioslave.
Frank and RY X also took their collaboration out on the road, translating the album into a mesmerising live show and playing a string of sold out shows and festivals in the UK and across the world. They return to play live at Village Underground in London on the 15th April.
Toydrum aka Griffith and Clements met as members of UNKLE and have released two critically acclaimed albums – Distant Focus Vol. 1 and Evangelist – under the Toydrum moniker. The latter featured the late musical maverick Gavin Clark most notably on the soundtrack for Shane Meadow’s This Is England ’90.
Gavin Clark died in 2015 aged just 46 and it was his death that proved the catalyst for To Reinvision. “We wanted as many people as possible to hear Gavin’s songs,” says Pablo. “These new versions will introduce Gavin to a whole different audience. His legacy needs to be strong and we feel these versions will help with that.”
Pulling in the best loved moments from their debut ‘Distant Focus Vol. 1’ and ‘Evangelist’, ‘My Eye On You (To Reinvision) sees Frank Wiedemann of Âme give ‘God Song’ a glistening house pulse, Beyond The Wizard Sleeve’s Richard Norris reimagine ‘Know One Will Ever Know’ as choral electro plus the hazy, melancholic deconstruction of ‘I’ve Got A Future’ by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis.
Toydrum not only found themselves influencing musicians but also a growing host of filmmakers. ‘I’ve Got A Future‘ inspired the short film ‘The Hope You Promised Was Love‘ directed by Jack Weatherley and starring Jim Sturgess (of ‘Cloud Atlas/Feed The Beast fame) and Stacy Martin (from Lars Von Trier’s ‘Nymphomaniac’).
Unrelenting in their pace and calibre of releases this year, unlikely duo Howling (Ry X + Frank Wiedemann of Ame/Innervisions) commission another spectacular remix.
Cubicolor deliver Ry and Frank’s “favourite remix of a Howling track” this time of album highlight “X Machina”. Cubicolor are an emerging act hailing from the Netherlands and have rightly earned plaudits and early support. On remix duties here, they demonstrate their emotionality on which they’ve built their name; the fuzzy bounce of the original is retained while upping the warmth and depth and streamlining it all into seven minutes of bliss. Find you in the flashing lights.
The X Machina (Cubicolor Remix), alongside two Short Line remixes from Monkeytown label mate Alex Banks, will form the new Howling Remixes EP out 20th November. Pre-order now: http://found.ee/remixes-it
After exploding onto the scene with an accidental hit, ‘Howling,’ the unexpected duo of Australian singer/producer/cult folk artist Ry X (of The Acid) and Berlin’s 4/4 innovator Frank Wiedemann (of Âme and Innervisions) are now on the heels of an equally surprising debut album, Sacred Ground. Set for release in 4th May 2015 as a collaboration between MODESELEKTOR’s Monkeytown Records and Ninja Tune imprint Counter Records, Howling’s lush LP unfolds as subtly and instinctively as their artistic process.
Often recorded on-the-fly between rehearsals and while on the road for their European tour, their acoustic/electronic compositions incorporate delicate instrumentation, warm strings and organs, driving analogue sounds, gentle field recordings, and of course Ry X’s unmistakable voice. Although there are distinct traces of both artists present throughout all 10 tracks, as a duo they’ve created a sound that veers away from anything expected. ‘Signs’ – the album’s first single – is a hypnotic capturing of their unique new sound, with Ry’s ethereal vocals floating through a divine minimalistic landscape.
Some words on the video:
“Dugan and I always set out to capture the emotional essence of imagery in connection to music. In this ‘Stole the Night’ video we wanted to hold an open conversation about a few things… one was the concept of being ‘tamed’ by our current society… that we are all inherently wild and of the earth but are kept into belonging by the structures of our imposed ‘world’. Concrete and cereal, K-Mart and aesthetic importance of self. What if some of us better suit the wild. The earth. Belong more there, than within walls.
And the second thing we explored was the fragility of human psyche. My sister is quite heavily ‘schizophrenic’ by medical world standards and has struggled, as has our family, with it for more than 15 years. Though I have reason of heart to believe ‘Mental Illness’ can change with our perceptions of it. It is shown in many indigenous cultures that when someone the western world might label as ‘mentally ill’ is instead supported by the community and given purpose and love, the ‘imbalances’ soften and there is connection to human spirit and heart. Holding the mind in a more stable place.
When a great meditation teacher I know was asked about mental illness he said (paraphrased from memory) “We are all mentally ill. We can only see the degrees of how much we are by how much we hurt one another”. So the video touches on a lot… but perhaps more than it needs to tell the exact story by narrative, it is the emotion of the struggle of what frees us, and what keeps us grounded. Of how relationship can serve and hinder. Of how our journey is not only of the realm in which we spend most of our time… in shopping malls and work places, but that also of nature, and even more so, that of the heart and mind.“
Here’s a great remix of Howling‘s “Stole The Night” by Âme, aka the duo of Innervisions co-founder Frank Wiedemann and Kristian Beyer. The “Stole The Night” Remixes, which also features a remix by London-based DJ/producer Midland, is out on April 24th.
Howling is the new project of Australian folk singer Ry X and Berlin producer and Frank Wiedemann. The original track is taken from Howling’s upcoming album “Sacred Ground” LP, set to arrive on May 4th via Modeselektor’s Monkeytown and Ninja Tune’s sub-label Counter Records. Pre-order it here.
Howling is the collaborative project of Berlin producer Frank Wiedemann (of Âme fame) and Australian LA-based folk singer Ry X (of electro trio The Acid). Their great new single “Stole The Night” is out now; taken from the duo’s upcoming debut album “Sacred Ground”, which will drop on May 4th through Modeselektor’s Monkeytown and Ninja Tune’s sub-label Counter Records. Pre-order the album here.
“It’s hard to gauge an influence… You might not presume Depeche Mode had an impact on your life, but you find yourself playing a new wave bass line in a back cabin in California and you’re digging it. Soon after I’m on tour with Frank, and we build around it. It soon takes shape… Nothing on purpose, more for the sake of creation… Seems that’s how it always begins…”