Widowspeak is back at it with their third studio LP,Â All Yours.Â The first eponymous single is refreshing to hear given we haven’t heard the soothing vocals of Molly Hamilton since 2013’sÂ The Swamp EP. As with everything Widowspeak has done, there’s nothing lesser to expect than yet another beautifully interweaving dream-pop/slowcore album. based on the description listed below, we’re going to get even new layers to the already honed skills of this duo.
Check out the single,Â All Yours, down below!
The release date for All Yours is September 4th. This item will ship to arrive on or slightly before that date.
Widowspeak has grown up in a lot of ways. The bandâ€™s third album, All Yours, is one that could only come from Molly Hamilton and Robert Earl Thomas: a honed and elegant interweaving of dream-pop and slowcore rock and roll, easygoing melodies and dusty, snaking guitars. Itâ€™s also their finest release to date: ten beautiful songs that are refreshingly straightforward yet built from the same well-chosen and deftly-used tools the band has always worked with.
All Yours is ambitious without feeling labored-over, anchored in the strengths of Widowspeakâ€™s consistent influences. There are those familiar Morricone-come-Verlaine guitar passages, moody and country-tinged instrumentation, watery tremolo, velvety stacked vocals. You can hear Mollyâ€™s affection for The Cranberries and The Sundays in the wavering melodies of â€śDead Loveâ€ť or â€śGirls,â€ť and Robâ€™s adoration of George Harrison and Robbie Robertson in his brilliantly economical guitar playing. The result is an aesthetically diverse and profoundly nostalgic sound; indebted to past eras without feeling dated. Since they came on the scene five years ago, the band has seen many permanent changes: new lineups, new environments. Instead of bringing additional permanent members into the fold after the departure of its founding drummer, the band was whittled down to a duo, a lineup that has remained constant since 2012.
After releasing a second LP, Almanac, and The Swamps EP (both in 2013), Molly and Rob left Brooklyn for the (quite literally) greener pastures of the Catskills/Hudson Valley region. They found a house they could play music in.â€ŻThey got a dog.And they took their damn time making All Yours. For one, the conceptual process of writing Almanac and The Swamps had been creatively draining. They focused on other things: Molly went back to school; Rob took a job at a Catskills hotel. They wrote leisurely, from shared voice memos and late night jams in the living room. As a result of writing down what came naturally, without any overarching vision, the lyrics on All Yours are largely unadorned, the songs connected only by the forgivingly vague theme of â€śmoving on.â€ťAppropriately, the band chose to work again with Jarvis Taveniere, who produced their self-titled debut in 2011.â€Ż They also enlisted him and drummer Aaron Neveu (both of whom play in Woods) as the studio rhythm section.â€ŻThe presence of Taveniere and Neveu contributes a groove that wasnâ€™t there previously, and thereâ€™s a few other new things: the swell of strings at critical moments, and for the first time, voices beyond Mollyâ€™s own.â€Ż We finally get to hear Rob sing in the earnestly laid-back â€śBorrowed World.â€ť Members of psych outfit Quilt contribute harmonies and keys throughout the record, most notably in â€śMy Babyâ€™s Gonna Carry On,â€ť and â€śCosmically Aligned.â€ť
Perhaps All Yours is so refreshing because itâ€™s a return to form. Itâ€™s a record that feels as effortlessly unplanned as their debut, that serves to capture a moment rather than create one.
- Maybe Buy
- Not My Style
- Too Expensive