(5/31/20) Monty’s Catch of the Day – Howling

Howling - "Need You Now"
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Today’s catch comes from a collaboration between Ry X and Frank Wiedemann, but go by the name Howling. This is their 2nd time working together and they have put the final touches on their upcoming LP Colure, Today’s catch is one heck of a song and a great combination of electro-alternative-pop…it’s called “Need You Now“. Straight from their press release…

RY X and Frank Wiedemann reunite as Howling to present Colure, the sophomore full-length record from their joint musical enterprise. RY X, solo alternative artist and member of The Acid, and Frank, one half of me, bring fans a bigger, sharper follow-up to their debut, Sacred Ground. On Colure, the Berlin-based Wiedemann and Los Angeles-based RY X conjure transcendent creations out of their contrasting musical backgrounds and environments. The album is assuredly dualistic: electronic and acoustic sounds sit comfortably side-by-side, and big melodic hooks are laced into hypnotic club productions.
The duo marked their debut as Howling with the release of a self-titled track in 2012, a runaway viral success that they followed with the 2015 album Sacred Ground (which was praised by Mixmag, DJ Mag, Resident Advisor and more). Their lauded live show toured internationally, taking in slots at Melt! Festival, Electronic Beats Festival and an Innervisions showcase at the Royal Albert Hall.
On Colure they wanted to pick up where they’d left off with their last record and distill the core ingredients to improve on it. “We wanted people to know, ‘This is a Howling track,’” Wiedemann says. From the introspective, bass-driven ‘Bind’, to the delicate piano in ‘The Water’ (the duo’s spin on the track of the same title from RY X’s 2019 solo album, Unfurl), and the steady-built euphoria of ‘Phases’ (previously supported by XLR8R and Resident Advisor upon its 2017 single release), the minutely-realised songwriting and production across each track are what tie these records together to create a stunning body of work.
The album title gestures to their binary relationship. “Colure” refers to the point, in astronomy, where two celestial poles are aligned. Echoed in the album artwork, and in the production around their new live show, it mirrors the two contrasting poles which each of them occupies. “This project is a lot about how we come together”, Ry says. “It’s the idea”, concurs Wiedemann, “that we’re two different planets, in our own orbit, but which meet when we come together to make music.’

You can check out the video for today’s charismatic catch “Need You Now” by Howling in the YouTube player below. Good things!

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