As if Widowspeak have been around for seven years? Life, it would seem, really does come at you fast, and this band of hybrid folk rock and dream pop continue to make strides in their sound, now coming a long way from their Fleetwood Mac inspired debut. A record of patient deliberation and the usual watery arrangement, it sees songwriter Molly Hamilton examine and revisit her hometown.
8/10 Robin Staff review, 23 August 2017
Full disclosure: I thought this record was called ‘Expect the Beast’. As a diligent and dutiful employee, I have been doing so. Turns out what I’m supposed to be expecting is the best, which is a lot to ask. Widowspeak have been an extremely charming band in the past -- ripping on Fleetwood Mac and detailing a compact shoegaze pastorality that the War on Drugs could only dream of -- but the best is way out on a theoretical cloud somewhere, and I don’t know how indie rock’s gonna get me to expect it.
Actually, let me rip on the War on Drugs again: this record’s combination of monolithic production space and chilled out rock songwriting is the best I’ve heard today, these songs poised but loaned a massive gravity from their gorgeous guitar tones and the faraway walls they hit. Opener “The Dream” is the hugest this band have sounded but does nothing to separate us from them. “When I Tried” presents Molly Hamilton and Robert Thomas as a shining big music rock band, their guitars whining and wahing in all the right ways, but Hamilton’s wonderfully mundane vocal brings it all down to a place of humility -- as the song enters a discordant storm of swirling noise, she chooses, quiet contentedly, to live in it.
Billed as something of an expansion in the band’s dream pop progression, this record actually offers a good showing of all that Widowspeak do well: “Dog”, with its sneaky psychedelic drum pattern and ambling guitar, suggests a smoky, spaghetti Western band we’ve heard before, while “Good Sport” offers a driving, full-bodied and no frills rock band that reared its head now and then on ‘Almanac’. Their sound hasn’t necessarily changed as much as it has developed, capable of going sludgy or serene, clear as day or drowned out by fog.
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