Great Howl – “Tower”


Traversing from murky distortion into a triumphantly clear folk-pop soaring, “Tower” is a moving new single from Great Howl, an 8-piece based in Austin, Texas. The project arose in 2022, formed by by singer/songwriter Matt Mossman. A variety of Austin-based songwriters and musicians joined thereafter, including Kate Heron, Spencer Carter (Gilded Lows), Pat Miller (Blair Might), and members of the Minor Mishap Marching Band.

Brassy ruminations and a foreboding atmospheric direction venture into the stirring vocal presence. Effervescent strums build into momentum-filled percussion and clearer brass integrations, as lyrics evoke a sense of change and momentum. “When you fall from your tower, we will erase your name,” the vocals let out, bolstered by a weep-y string presence into the rousing “when the insects become wingless,” ardency. Poetic lyrical prowess and a climactic folk-driven arsenal enamor throughout the enthralling “Tower.”

This and other tracks featured this month can be streamed on the updating Obscure Sound’s ‘Emerging Singles’ 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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