Born in Manchester, brought up in Switzerland: Joshua Howlett’s debut album (set for release in early 2019 is a perfect blend of both cultures. Taking the guitar music that Mancs have always excelled at and his tranquil and breath-taking surrounding as his muse, Joshua Howlett’s debut album ‘Autumnal’ is a melodic mix of fold and indie, in the great dreamlike tradition of artists such as Ben Howard and Bon Iver.
The themes of the album are manifold but all tinged with soulful insight: there is plenty here about experiences that are common to us all: hopes, dreams, love and axiety. The natural world features heavily too, almost as a character in the folk-epic itself. This is wild music, elemental and fresh.