Southport’s newly assembled four-piece, Bobhowla have spent the last year getting a collection of songs into shape and are now preparing for the release of their debut album.
Singer/songwriter Howard Doupé has been working alongside Idlewild’s Rod Jones to create an 11 track debut album. Entitled Everything’s Wrong, But It’s Alright, the album is set for release in late October.
Lead track Midnight Fears is a psychedelic flurry of off-kilter grooves and claustrophobic inertia.
Recorded and produced by Jones at Post Electric Studio over the past year, this is a strong collection of songs that bring together a wider scope of influences than usually found in any particular group’s output.
Years of solo acoustic performances around the north-west have honed an acoustic base into more gritted tones. Taking in along the way folk, electronica and dream-pop influences.
Doupé says: “This collection of songs have been a lifetime in creation. Working with broad group of musicians has meant the final product is a multi-coloured trip through pop sensibilities tinged with elements of folk and sonic ambiance.
With themes of yearning, presence, purpose, fears and the celebration of achievement, there’s an element of heart-felt honesty. Maybe the like not seen since the writings of Frightened Rabbit’s Scott Hutchison.
For the first time in years, the time is right to present these tracks as they are. The current worldwide situation has directly affected both the recording and determination to support the emergence of new artists. Particularly during the uncertainty of live performances.
Whether it’s heartache or joyous celebration the listener is looking for, the album delivers a glimpse into a world welcoming in its acceptance.”