Title: Chapter Two. EP
Label: Meridian Lines
Release date: 01 December 2017
After tantalizing listeners and industry alike with his twisted, decadent “Chapter One.” EP, the faceless enigma Howwler is back to haunt dreams with the next edition. “Chapter Two.” builds on the dark ambiance that its predecessor set as the foundation for Howwler‘s eerie aesthetic; it begins with his signature, eerie wolf howl, a sure sign that he is about to lead the listener into the night. The opening track “The Vault” sets the tone for the EP, featuring purposeful, jarring percussion and ominous basslines, coupled with laser-influenced on the topline. Its prophetic, ominous feel will have listeners on the edge of their seats throughout its entirety. However, Howwler is just getting started; the real standout of the EP is “One Mode.” The intro builds anticipation with increasingly persistent beats, until the track explodes into a cacophony of swift, serrating synths and pummeling basslines. It’s the type of acid house and techno influenced track that ravers have lost their minds to in dark warehouses for decades, and Howwler is the mad scientist on stage.
While Howwler‘s identity still remains a mystery, he is revealing his incredible talent with each progressive release. After debuting “Chapter One.,” the anonymous producer draws similarities to the legendary Gesaffelstein in his “Pursuit” period; it is an assault to the senses in which an equally disturbed listener will find a deep and hedonistic pleasure. It’s clear that Howwler‘s sound is not for virgin ears-his tracks appeal to seasoned listeners who have cut their teeth on underground music. While his true name is a complete mystery, the well-known Paradigm Talent Agency has discovered Howwler and signed him to their ranks. Paradigm also hosts producers in the same musical range as Howwler, such as A-Trak, REZZ and Mija. Howwler cannot hide in the shadows forever, but we have been warned: something wicked this way comes…
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