WIDOWSPEAK ANNOUNCE NEW LP ALL YOURS – 4TH SEPTEMBER ON CAPTURED TRACKS
STREAM X2 NEW SONGS NOW: ‘ALL YOURS’ AND ‘GIRLS’
Widowspeak – AKA Molly Hamilton and Robert Earl Thomas – are back with a gorgeous new album All Yours, released 4th September on Captured Tracks. From start to finish listeners will be struck by the elegant interweaving of dream-pop and slowcore rock and roll; easygoing melodies and dusty, snaking guitars. It’s their finest release yet: ten beautiful songs that are refreshingly straightforward yet built from the same well-chosen and deftly-used tools the band has always worked with.
The opening and titular song from the LP was can be heard exclusively on NPR, with Bob Boilen remarking that it’s reminiscent of “a dreamy summer day with its layers of acoustic guitars and relaxed vocals.”
‘Girls’ was premiered via Stereogum. You can hear the track in full and read some words from Hamilton about the background behind ‘Girls’ as well as the album in general: “I feel a lot more vulnerable than I did about any of our other records, but even if it’s kind of nerve-racking to have it out in the world, it’s also a relief.”
More about All Yours
Since they came on the scene five years ago, Widowspeak 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 which 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. They 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 “moving on”.
Appropriately, the band chose to work again with Jarvis Taveniere, who produced their self-titled debut in 2011. They also enlisted him and drummer Aaron Neveu (both of whom play in Woods) as the studio rhythm section. The presence of Taveniere and Neveu contributes a groove that wasn’t there previously, and there’s a few other new things: the swell of strings at critical moments, and for the first time, voices beyond Molly’s own. We finally get to hear Rob sing in the earnestly laid-back ‘Borrowed World.’ Members of psych outfit Quilt contribute harmonies and keys throughout the record, most notably in ‘My Baby’s Gonna Carry On,’ and ‘Cosmically Aligned.’
Perhaps All Yours is so refreshing because it’s a return to form. It’s a record that feels as effortlessly unplanned as their debut, that serves to capture a moment rather than create one.
WIDOWSPEAK ALL YOURS TRACKLISTING
Dead Love (So Still)
My Baby’s Gonna Carry On
Coke Bottle Green