Charles Howl + Pollyanna Valentine + Blue House
Charles Howl is a London-based brit-psyche group with a thrillingly melodic sound.
Charles Howl release their debut album ‘Sir Vices’ with a dozen tracks that deliver. Comprised of Charles Howl & Bobby Voltaire (both of The Proper Ornaments) they elected to record at Syke Lane’s warehouse studio on the outskirts of Leeds, utilizing the foggy and remote atmosphere. Locked away Howl honed his songwriting, and production skills, slowly bringing in a team of friends, including Chris Hicks (Talons) on bass and Wesley Patrick Gonzalez (Let’s Wrestle), who laid down a lead line on track 5 while round for a cup of tea.
As some of the last children of the ‘80s and with a britpop upbringing, it’s no wonder Charles Howl has produced an album that sounds like The Modern Lovers channeling The Stone Roses while maintaining its contemporary charm. It makes for an album that is outward looking with tight rhythms tying down whirling guitars and lustrous textures bouncing off melodies.
The band have already shared stages with the likes of Let’s Wrestle, Younghusband, Toy and Fidlar amongst others.
Pollyanna Valentine is the muse of Charley Sharp via Los Angeles.. ensemble of dreamy collage… offbeat pop muse… Soon to release a debut featuring collabortions with Laetitia Sadier and Cathy Lucas/Valentina MA (Vanishing Twin).
James Howard and Ursula Russell (Blue House) were members of the bands Fiction and Drop Out Venus before they joined forces to pen songs on topics ranging from domesticity to outer space.
Over the past year the London duo have shared a handful of songs from their debut record – the brilliant ’90s jangle-pop of “Hot Air Balloons” to name just one – but the full fruits of their labour are at last on display. Suppose, we’re told, invites listeners into a world of “under-the-surface quotidian terror”.
King Knut will be spinning records before, in between and after the bands.