Eric Howl - 'I'm Goin' Down' [Listen]
Philadelphian rocker Eric Howl wowed us a few months back with his Bollywood-flecked rap-rock charmer 'You Already Know The Way To The Brahma's House'. He's now offering up a new cut to the sacrificial altar of the World Wide Web by the name of 'I'm Goin' Down'. It's a hearty dose of Americana, distinctly southern and country inspired, but it also harks back to the halcyon days of the '50s. It's the kind of song you'd get soundtracking a bunch of greasers in a malt joint. Or something. The point is, it's definitely from the US of A. With doo-wop backing vocals and interweaving harmonies, the vocals on offer are impressive – from Howl's Dylan-esque semi-growl to the slight chirrups in the background.
But the effort isn't entirely a Grease derivative. The lo-fi Delta bluesy six-stringing is bass heavy, clouded with whiskey and shambling chic. Howl turns traditional rock'n'roll into something more distinctly modern, with rock organs and wild slackercore melodies; time signatures aren't safe, and the breakdown is an acerbic waltz with the country-rock maxim "I'm goin' down to Georgia." This is another impressive track from an artist taking vintage American genres and rehousing them with contemporary and worldly hues. Listen below.
As time wore on, we got to know the man behind the music, who's undertaken a vast journey to realise his potential over the past few years, exploring America and the sounds it has to offer, from New Orleans to Pittsburgh and everything in between. It's a unique, fascinating soul-searching trek that you can read in more detail in the link below. [read more]