Nathan Ball // Howling [ep review]

Nathan Ball’s short, but sweet, Howling EP is an atmospheric work of art.  Having only released one EP previously, back in November, Howling shows a clear step up in the right direction.  Where Echo highlighted Nathan’s lyrics and general stylings, Howling shows us what Ball truly has to offer beyond the basics. If you’re a fan of artists like Daughter or Ben Howard, you’re guaranteed to cling onto this.  Working in the realm of other soundscape artists, Nathan is able to bring his own unique aesthetic to the music.

Howling opens with the self-titled track, transporting the listener into a new world.  ‘Howling’ highlights Ball’s unique vocals and layering abilities.  Upon each listen you can discover a little something new.  Next, we’re subtly taken into ‘Alone’.  A track that showcases more of the smooth electric guitar sounds, almost remnant to Pink Floyd and ‘Comfortably Numb’.  The EP closes us out with ‘So Long’.  An angelic tune that displays the harmonic effects between Nathan and his bandmates.

Listening to Howling as a whole is a truly unique listening experience.  Rarely are small pieces like this able to transport the listener into somewhere else in a matter of 15 minutes.  Suggested listening is sitting down with good headphones, in the the dark, eyes closed, imagination open…

Words by: Carolyn Lederach

Howling is now available on iTunes

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Carolyn Lederach

Philadelphia, PA