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- ransparent Sea Blue Vinyl * 12pp illustrated colour booklet by Annie Forrester Obi-strip with cut-out bookmark illustrated by Annie Forrester Hand-numbered edition * Limited pressing of 300 *
Touch Sensitive Records proudly presents the Cork-based musician Elaine Howley’s debut solo album The Distance Between Heart and Mouth. The product of an audio diary kept on a 4 track cassette machine throughout 2019 and 2020, the album recreates the intimacy of a radio show filled with Howley’s favourite sounds, palettes, and textures; effortlessly joining the dots between pop and experimentation, summoning the kaleidoscopic world of Trish Keenan & Broadcast, the bruised lo-fi soul of Tirzah and the dubbed-out blues of Leslie Winer. Over nine patient, spontaneous self-recorded and produced tracks, Elaine Howley traces the
outline of a small space that could be considered one of the longest journeys to be taken –
The Distance Between Heart And Mouth.
As a member of Crevice, Howlbux and, perhaps most notably, psychedelic rock group The
Altered Hours, Elaine Howley is renowned as a singular voice in the Irish underground. The
Distance Between Heart and Mouth is her most personal statement to date.
“I was thinking a lot about the themes of silencing and communication,” she explains. “My
voice and a lot of my feelings were buried and I wanted to push that out using music. That is
the intention of this album – trying to be brave enough to share and to open up; along with
the internal and external barriers that exist when it comes to doing that.”
The Distance Between Heart and Mouth is the product of an audio diary kept on a 4 track
cassette machine throughout 2019 and 2020. Pulling on formative teenage musical
influences alongside memories of a childhood spent home-recording Longwave 252
transmissions, Howley recreates the intimacy of a radio show filled with her favourite
sounds, pallets, and textures; effortlessly joining the dots between pop and experimentation.
“I brought all those early influences along with me. It was a private time to enjoy music –
listening to my Walkman or making mixtapes. I hear the roots of the sounds I am drawn to
beginning then. I found myself returning to, and recreating something of that time, for this
The daily sit-down at her tape machine became an almost ritualistic experience over this
period as Howley both experimented in sound and worked through her own vulnerabilities. “I
wasn’t burdening anyone or adding pressure to myself. I’ve always found music cathartic but
this felt like a deeper level for me”. This release can be tangibly felt in lead single ‘Silent
Talk’. “That track is about the urge to run and not share parts of myself but also about
continuing to try to do that and about the patience people can show in waiting for me.”
On second track ‘Autumn Speak’, we fully step into the album’s journey through the
transition of Howley’s favourite season. “I was thinking about how resistance to decay
through self preservation disrupts the process but cannot stop it and only serves to distort
and delay. It’s a celebration of endings and allowing change to occur.” Such internal
conflicts and strivings are captured sonically throughout the album as echoes and delays
whirl into an endless expanse and samples run backwards and onwards.
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