While no two of Nicole Howe’s songs sound alike, there is also no hint of “trying on” genres merely for variety or novelty’s sake. Coming relatively late to songwriting, there seems to have been a stylistic soup gradually bubbling up in the cauldron of Howe’s subconscious since the time her ears first heard sound. Absorbing bits and pieces of the varied musical idioms in existence along the way, it has finally come to a boiling point, spewing up and over any barriers of self-consciousness that can easily inhibit new songwriters.
The resultant spatter are songs that are melodically sophisticated, harmonically complex, and thoroughly of a unique voice all while being immediately digestible on first listen.
Howe started writing in the Fall of 2008 and by the end of the year had a large catalog of songs. Through the year and a half long process (beginning in 2009) of trying to assemble and solidify a band, Howe met multi-instrumentalist, Josh Misner and the two discovered a synergy between them for arranging and fleshing out her ideas. Along with bassist, Jesse Reimer, the three of them released their debut, self-titled EP in the Summer of 2011 calling themselves, “Nicole and the Avalanche”.
released July 15, 2011
All songs written and performed by Nicole Howe except where noted*
Produced and Arranged by Josh Misner
HumansWin! by Lance Conrad
Inflatable Audio by Josh Misner
Mixed by Andy Thompson at Instrument Landing
Mastered by Rueben Cohen at Lurssen Mastering
Duplicated at Copycats Media in Minneapolis, MN
Photography and album design by Jared Kocka
Photographs were taken at Elmwood House in Minneapolis, MN
Dan Sutherland - drums
Jesse Reimer - bass
Josh Misner - electric guitar, violin, viola, synthesizer, piano, organ
Nicole Howe - vocals, piano, rhodes
* "Try" written by Nicole Howe and Josh Misner
* Guitar sample on "This Old Wall" by Thomas Nordlund
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