Rising Mexico City, Mexico-based noise pop/shoegaze quartet Howless is led by co-lead vocalists Dominique Sanchez and Mauricio Tinejro. The Mexican indie outfit’s highly-anticipated full-length debut, To Repel Ghosts is slated for a February 18, 2022 through Static Blooms Records.
Thematically, To Repel Ghosts sees the rising Mexican quartet grappling with big themes, while hinting at nervous foreboding and striking different levels of consciousness throughout the album’s eight crafted and dynamic songs that seamlessly transition into the next. And they manage to do so with the self-assuredness and effortless aplomb of a group of old pros.
“Levels,” To Repel Ghosts‘ latest single was lyrically inspired by William Garvey’s “Goodbye Horses” and centered around chiming guitars, booming 808 tom fills, arpeggiated synths, alternating boy-girl vocals and a rousingly anthemic chorus. “Levels” sees the rising Mexican indie outfit pairing old fashion pop craftsmanship with textured soundscapes and an uncanny ability to write a razor sharp hook.
The recently released video for “Levels” is features VHS shot footage of an early 90s club night and dance competition, And while being goofy and nostalgia-inducing, the video — for me, at least — captures young people at their most carefree and fun, and when things seemed far simpler.