Howe – “Wash Rinse Repeat”


The latest single from Sacramento-based artist Howe, “Wash Rinse Repeat” touts striking structural shifts and a haunting atmospheric pull. A clunky bass and sporadic percussion joins weary vocals initially, descending into a cavernous vein of dark alt-pop past the 30-second mark. The reverbed vocal presence and eerie reflection play climactically, the nocturnal atmospheric pull being considerable here and into the chilling title-referencing rise approaching the two-minute mark. Playful keys close the track out with a lighter demeanor, a final indication of the effort’s eclectic yet cohesive atmospheric turns. Per Howe, the song’s “twists and turns” are “meant to mimic the volatility of anxiety and insomnia.”

“Wash Rinse Repeat” was made in collaboration with local Sacramento-based producer HERO. “This one has a darker tone than my previous songs, and is about feeling stuck,” Howe says. “Like everyday feels the same, where you are just rising to wash, rinse, repeat. It’s definitely a song you listen to when you want to feel understood, maybe not a track you would put on when you want to jump for joy.”

“Wash Rinse Repeat” and other memorable tracks from this month can also be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Best of January 2022’ Spotify playlist.

Mike Mineo

I'm the founder/editor of Obscure Sound, which was formed in 2006. Previously, I wrote for PopMatters and Stylus Magazine.

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