Boomkat Product Review:
Divine, smouldering DIY pop by Éire’s Elaine Howley ov Crevice, Howlbux and The Altered Hours esteem, on the excellent Touch Sensitive label.
Pushing all the tender buttons for fans of Tirzah, Broadcast, Carla Dal Forno, or even Elaine’s hero and Irish legend Mary Black; the Cork-based musician beautifully measures ‘The Distance Between Heart And Mouth’ with nine low key songs wrought with richly enchanting melodic substance and an etheric, subtly dubwise spirit that, once heard, won’t be forgotten in a hurry.
Keener ears/eyes may have caught Elaine’s standout dedication ‘Song For Mary Black’ on the ace ‘Wacker That’ comp, way back in pre-Covid days (2019), but never mind if you slept on it, ‘cos its aetheric invocation is nestled here among many more bewts, spanning the gorgeous Keenan-esque dirge-pop of ’Silent Talk’, burbling edge-of-the-‘floor shuffle on ’Autumn Speaks’, and the smoke curl mystery of ‘Archaeological Longing’, plus the quietly frayed, looping genius of ‘To The Test’ or psychedelic dream sequence ‘Buried Way Out’.
No need to overegg it, this is just sheer, timeless class that we wager will be on a lot of end of year lists.