In a sentence:
Eclectic York newcomers The Howl & The Hum produce a varied and detailed debut album in ‘Human Contact’.
We don’t know if any of the members of The Howl & The
Hum are psychic or not, but either way, with their debut album Human
Contact, they’ve come up with arguably the most fitting album title of the
year so far. The album is an incredibly reflective piece and you can tell that
those reflections come from personal experiences and the York newcomers have
created a debut that will be incredibly relatable to a lot of people.
The greatest virtue of Human Contact is the amount of
variety you can find contained within its 13 tracks. And it’s not variety for its
own sake either – it all fits and reflects the artists that have influenced the
band, from joyful and uplifting songs like ‘Until I Found A Rose’ to
more sombre moments like ‘Pigs’.
Highlights include songs like ‘Hostages’ where the
returning of items to an ex after a break-up is compared to a siege negotiation.
‘Hall Of Fame’ feels like it was written specifically about situation we find
ourselves in right now in 2020, with many of us not seeing the people we care
about for a long time and the anxiety we feel about what those relationships
will be like in the future. ‘Got You On My Side’
certainly describes the current situation as well where every day feels the
same and how the people around us right now are seeing the best and worst of us
and have little choice but to accept it, with lyrics such as “similar days
in similar rooms” and “you take me for Jekyell and for Hyde”.
Human Contact is an excellent debut. It has a great
flow with plenty of interesting things to listen out for, and something new revealing
itself with each listen and a standout track for almost every mood. All this
suggests that The Howl & The Hum have an incredibly bright future ahead of
them. (8/10) (David Allsop)
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