WIDOWSPEAK+ MY SAD CAPTAINS

Widowspeak remain purveyors of mood. Whether painting an image of a basement apartment with blinds closed or conjuring the sweeping openness of a desert, they’re an outfit ever preoccupied with the influence of place and the passage of time on personal experience: the way vivid memories can feel like movies or dreams.

On their newest album for Brooklyn’s Captured Tracks, Widowspeak use familiar aesthetics as a narrative device, a purposeful nostalgic backdrop for songs that ask, “How did we get here?” Sonically, they exist somewhere in the overlap between somber indie rock, dream pop, slow-core and their own invented genre, “cowboy grunge.”

At the heart of the band, there is a palpable duality, a push and pull between the delicate and the deliberate: the contrast of lead singer-songwriter Molly Hamilton’s strikingly beautiful voice and poignant melodies with the terrestrial reality of being a four-piece rock band. These songs sound like the dark bars and rock clubs they were imagined for just as much as the bedrooms where they were written. Expect the Best sees Widowspeak finding their greatest balance between opposing forces: darkness and light, quiet and loud, tension and calm.

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Watch the video for ‘Dog’ below:


Plus support MY SAD CAPTAINS

Three years after their last album, Best of Times, London’s My Sad Captains light the way to fresh shores with their radiant fourth album, released through Bella Union on 6th October. Between its lustrous dream-pop surfaces and hidden depths, it’s an album that reflects on how uncertain times can be the seed-bed for change: or, for a bridge to extended adventures.

As singer/guitarist Ed Wallis explains, “Our last record, ‘Best of Times’, was primarily about doing one thing well – a kind of mid-tempo, dreamy kraut pop. Our aim with this record was to be more dynamic, and push things out in different directions; simultaneously stretching out the ambience while sharpening the focus.”

My Sad Captains Links: Website | Facebook | Twitter

Watch the video for ‘Everything at the End of Everything’ below: