Despondent and alone he sings reassuringly to himself: “I wish I didn’t have to see you around. At least I have a heart.” As introductions to an artist go it feels akin to Anthony Hegarty singing ‘Hope There’s Someone’ through a cracked window to a high school crush. ‘Have a Heart’ is very much the calling card of EP 1 though there are other things to glean from its short stay. Howell clearly values orchestral swellings over melodic bursts as his wailing throughout ‘Time’ and ‘Waiting’ go to show. Operating on an atmospheric level, they create a tension and unease, though it can feel melodramatic at times.
‘So Low’ ends this brief sojourn into the young man's psyche, showing promising signs of happiness and hope. Entirely instrumental, the piano welcomes rather than warns and the mood switches to a noticeably more optimistic place. As mentioned before, EP 1 feels like the outline of something more impressive and intriguing. By colouring in the lines and making solid the dotted lines, Howell could well position himself as a love torn figurehead, the crown Prince of the break up.
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