[mp3] Howth: “I Will Always Love You” (Dolly Parton)

Hours after my first post on Howth, I was sent this cover he did of Dolly Parton’s “I Will Always Love You.” I would’t have put the pair together, but I’m glad he decided to tackle this one — it makes for great listening.

MP3: Howth – I Will Always Love You (Dolly Parton)
This cover starts off so drained that when each chorus offers a little bit more brightness into the mix, the effect is really palpable. Even though the last chorus is really only marginally triumphant on its own, the rise from soul sucking sadness to confidence is astounding. It’s a great parallel to the depression-acceptance transition following a breakup.

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[mp3] Howth: “Needles and Pins”

Just ran across this lovely track out there in the wilderness of the internet. It’s pretty great what you can find when you stay up a bit longer than you’d intended. PS: this band’s name is 600% funnier if you imagine someone is holding their tongue and saying the name of medical drama on the Fox network.

MP3: Howth- Needles and Pins
No, this isn’t a cover of the Searcher’s classic “Needles and Pins” — which you might remember either from the Ramones cover of the way the Searchers said the title as “needles and pin-za” You don’t normally hear too much fuzz in folk songs (Blitzen Trapper do it well), but Howth put it to great use in this one. It adds a ragged edge to the color and life of the main sections. I’ve yet to pick up the band’s self-titled album, but I might have to do just that after hearing this a couple times…

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