Howard Ivans
Beautiful Tired Bodies

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 Harris (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.


“some real-ass Donald Fagen shit … a sumptuously arranged blast of smooth, smooth sensuality” — Stereogum

“subtle, supple funk” — FLOOD Magazine

“he builds sounds that echo memories of the classic tracks of the heroes who have gone before.” — ArtistDirect

“We may not conclude who exactly Howard Ivans is, but we can proclaim the voice echoing through these songs is more important than mere identity. … But what is certain is that this album is an entity and 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



01. Denise
02. King of Careless
03. Jump In
04. Idle Lights
05. Come On

06. Back to the Life
07. Second Spring
08. Supersonic Love
09. Keep Breaking It Down
10. They Don't Know How It Feels

33rpm LP Vinyl – Limited edition metallic gold vinyl (100 made) + Standard black
CD Mini-Gatefold
Release date: September 22, 2017

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