halves boa howl album cover

Halves have released another track from their forthcoming second album Boa Howl, and it’s absolutely gorgeous. The vocals in ‘Tanager Peak’ immediately had me thinking of Sufjan Stevens’ dulcet tones, which then made my heart soar – I can’t describe how Stevens gets me right *here*. From the outset though, Halves don’t deviate from trying to evoke tears. Over the course of the four and a half minute ‘Tanager Peak’, which includes vocals from Gemma Hayes, the Dublin six piece course a sweeping journey though the Chinese mountain White Boa Howl, after which the album was named. Like ‘Drumhunter‘, our first taste of the album, ‘Tanager Peak’ features stunning drumming that forces you to pay attention. Everything so far suggests that Boa Howl is bigger and more ambitious than It Goes, It Goes (Forever & Ever), their debut. It’s released on July 5, and you can preorder it here. They’ve announced a tour to coincide with the release, which you can see after the jump.

Halves tour dates:
July 6 – Tower Records;
July 13 – Button Factory, Dublin with Overhead, The Albatross & Bantum;
July 19 – Billy Byrnes, Kilkenny with Bantum;
July 20 – The Model, Sligo with Bantum;
July 25 – Bourkes, Limerick with Bantum;
July 26 – Cyprus Avenue, Cork with Bantum;
August 3 – Indiependence;
August 4 – Castlepalooza;
August 7 – Voodoo, Belfast with Rachel Boyd & Affleck;
August 8 – Roisin Dubh, Galway with Bantum;
August 9 – The Water Rats, London with The Dying Seconds.