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Elaine Howley - The Distance Between Heart And Mouth Transparent Sea Blue Vinyl (DINKED NO.207)

Elaine Howley - The Distance Between Heart And Mouth Transparent Sea Blue Vinyl (DINKED NO.207)

£23.99

Strictly 1 copy per customer.

  • Transparent 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

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Description

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 

record."

 

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.

 

Themes regarding memory are also written throughout, particularly in ‘Song For Mary 

Black’, previously issued on Touch Sensitive’s ‘Wacker That’ compilation. “Mary Black was 

the first concert I saw and it had a huge impression on me. Growing up, I was a fan of the ‘A 

Woman’s Heart’ compilation of amazing Irish female voices. It made music feel closer to me 

than it had previously; it was local and it felt tangible. It reminded me of my Mam and Aunts.”

Alongside those early inspiring voices and the defining sounds of her teenage years, we can 

hear the dubbed-out blues of Leslie Winer, the kaleidoscopic world of Trish Keenan & 

Broadcast, and the bruised lo-fi soul of Tirzah. Over nine tracks, Elaine Howley traces the 

outline of a small space that can be considered one of the longest journeys to be taken - 

The Distance Between Heart And Mouth

 

Additional information

Weight 500 g
Dimensions 32 × 32 × .50 cm

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