Wednesday, 2 October 2013

Song of the Day: Widowspeak - Calico



Wait, what? So I guess September somehow happened. I'm confused. I'm choosing to let the dulcet tones and languidly-delivered harmonies of this latest Widowspeak single, "Calico," ease me into the reality of autumn's impending arrival. Duo Molly Hamilton and Robert Earl Thomas released Almanac, their second full-length record, in January on Captured Tracks (a Brooklyn-based label that's swiftly becoming one of my favorite indies). This single comes off forthcoming EP The Swamps, due out on October 29.

As Widowspeak their music maintains a dark and morose edge, speckled with western-inspired, sparse elements all hemmed in by a touch of folk. Hamilton's breathy voice floats over Thomas' guitar lines in a way that tends to remind me of Howling Bells circa 2006 and Stealing Sheep's record from last year. What I enjoy most about this single is how it seems to beg for more than one listen in a sitting--I find it hard to just walk away from. And that's usually a sign it'll grow on me and reward me over time in ways I can't always identify on a first listen. It's what I felt with Janelle Monae's "Q.U.E.E.N." a few months ago, and the track can still give me shivers when I hear it now.

You can pre-order The Swamps EP here, and scroll down to see if Hamilton and Thomas will be playing a city near you on their current North American tour.

10/02 - New Orleans, LA - Gasa Gasa
10/04 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Festival
10/05 - Austin, TX - Stubb's BBQ
10/08 - McAllen, TX - Simon Sez
10/11 - Austin TX - Austin City Limits Festival
10/12 - Marfa, TX - El Cosmico
10/13 - Albuquerque, NM - Low Spirits**
10/14 - Phoenix, AZ - The Rhythm Room**
10/15 - San Diego, CA - The Void**
10/16 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo**
10/18 - San Francisco, CA - The Chapel**
10/19 - Davis, CA - Sophia’s Thai Kitchen**
10/21 - Eugene, OR - Cozmic Pizza**
10/22 - Vancouver, BC - Media Club**
10/23 - Seattle, WA - Chop Suey**
10/24 - Portland, OR - Bunk Bar**
10/25 - Boise, ID - Neurolux**
10/26 - Salt Lake City, UT - Urban Lounge**
10/27 - Denver, CO - Larimer Lounge**
10/28 - Omaha, NE - Slowdown Jr**
10/30 - Minneapolis, MN - 7th Street Entry**
10/31 - Chicago, IL - Schubas**
11/01 - Ferndale, MI - The Loving Touch**
11/02 - Toronto, ON - Silver Dollar Room**
11/03 - Montreal, QC - Il Motore**
11/04 - Winooski, VT - The Monkey House**
11/05 - Cambridge, MA - TT the Bear’s Place**
11/06 - New Haven, CT - BAR Nightclub**
11/08 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom**
** with Pure Bathing Culture

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