04.30.2012

New Music: Widowspeak – S/T

Much anticipated indeed, our-little-radio-station-that-could has acquired Brooklyn-based Widowspeak’s self-titled debut album.  Released last August, this quirky group self-identifies as ‘grunge’ (at least on their bandcamp and myspace pages).  Though this term is two decades removed from its heyday, Widowspeak spins and inverts this past score of musical-years in on itself.  What we wind up with with Widowspeak is calm and sultry, strolling and serious, heaving and ghostly.  Off of the label Captured Tracks, this two guys/ one girl team give us short little energy-pick-ups, ten of them.  Perfect maybe for a summer drive, barbeque, or a radio show near you :D.  Singer/ songerwriter/ heartthrob Molly Hamilton gives us a lot of nice vowel sounds, each one of them, right alongside each other.  It makes for some really nice phonetic exercises in track seven, titled Hard Times.  Just dip your head in the water of this lyric, again and again, ‘Hard Times, oooouhhhooooh;.  The stretch of ‘Ovugghhr and ovugghhr’ (over and over) is sheer delight.  Behind is some light guitar rifs and a pretty chill drum set.  Oh the reverb.

Track 2 (Harsh Realm) sets the mood as a reflection on a past lover.  The lyrics again repeat (I alwaaays think about you), as the instrumental parts deepen us into inevitable twists and plot-turns of relationships.  It leaves all sorts of gaps to be filled, where the listener can insert their autobiography.  Track 5 (Limbs) provides more narrative access, a little sob story on top of some finger-pricking and guitar with some developing moans and airy voice in the back.  “So he told me, sink or swim, I did what he said, went underwater instead, everything looks the same, everything looks the same.”  Quite Melodic and Contemplative.  The album continues much along these, with nice transitions of fast and slow, familiar and unfamiliar.  Let’s give it a nice warm welcome, WOBC.

Track List: Widowspeak – S/T
1.  Puritan
2.  Harsh Realm
3.  Nightcrawlers
4.  In the Pines
5.  Limbs
6.  Gun Shy
7.  Hard Times
8.  Fir Coat
9.  Half Awake
10.  Ghost Boy

-jd

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