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Review: "Haircut" - Howlite

“Haircut” is a soothing minimalist meditation inspiring listeners to learn to process their emotions healthily. The haircut cliche has been around for ages, and Howlite does a beautiful job at refreshing an old cliche, looking at why so many people connect with having a breakdown at 2 am and impulsively cutting your hair. When struggling in a pit of despair, it's hard to pull yourself up by the bootstraps and determine that you will begin to heal, especially when each person's experience towards healing and identity is specific and unique to themselves. Howlite offers some guidance and language towards the complex multitude of emotions that people have been feeling for ages. Perfectly conveying building frustration, Howlite examines their own self-loathing and the subsequent punishment of a DIY mullet.

From isolated vocals to swelling strings, Howlite beautifully layers their production into a self-sustaining synth choir, following in the footsteps of hauntingly beautiful music from the likes of Imogen Heap, Billie Eilish, and Marika Hackman. A touching stop of Howlite’s dream-pop journey, “Haircut” is a refreshing gulp of optimism, elation, and wonder after their last single “Still l Find.” Howlite’s beautiful narrative matches the song’s gentle climb up toward the climax, with the polished sound crafted expertly to highlight not only the strength of the vocals but also the overall cohesion of the soundscape.

Howlite is an alt-pop trio based in Melbourne that was formed in 2016. After dropping their first EP in 2020, Howlite received a warm reception from the Australian music community, featuring in Rolling Stone Australia, Forte, The Music, and much much more. Melbourne’s unique blend of textures, electronic production, and natural instruments bridge the gap with the contemporary, which is only heightened by their stage personas. Howlte’s determination to constantly branch out towards something new while staying true to their thoughtful lyrics is a surefire way to shoot them to the top.

Written By Megan Cao


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