The debut album from Howard Ivans is out now!
Today marks the release of the full-length debut from Howard Ivans, Beautiful Tired Bodies, his first release since the explosive 45, “Red Face Boy b/w Pillow”, in 2013. Beautiful Tired Bodies is a new soft funk tone poem, is a voice crooning out in the wilderness, is…
“some real-ass Donald Fagen shit … a sumptuously arranged blast of smooth, smooth sensuality” – Stereogum
“subtle, supple funk” – FLOOD Magazine
“smoove sophisticated” – Tiny Mix Tapes
“left-field retro-soul magic” – Power of Pop
“[a] stand-alone piece of aural artistry that pushes the envelope of crooning pop and R&B while continuing to preserve its essence” – Selective Memory Mag
“he builds sounds that echo memories of the classic tracks of the heroes who have gone before” – ArtistDirect
Fall down the rabbit hole of Ivan Howard’s alter ego and wake up in a stylized soundscape, surrounded by twisting melodies and singing shadows. Beautiful Tired Bodies is the latest installment of chromatic-eyed soul from the man who brought us a “magnificent art-funk treasure” (SPIN) and “a symphonic funkscape worthy of Quincy Jones” (UNCUT). Talking to the mirror in the man, Howard Ivans delivers his full-length debut, co-produced by Trey Pollard and Cameron Ralston, featuring the Spacebomb house band and a VIP list of Richmond musicians. The experience is immersive, a headlong rush, shot through with highlights like Pollard’s transfixing string arrangements and bold keyboard riffs from Devonne Harrison (Stones Throw). Howard Ivans stands in the spotlight, a man who once recorded a bold, song-by-song remake of Sade’s Love Deluxe, delivering a new soft funk tone poem, a voice crooning out in the wilderness. Read more about Howard Ivans.