Widowspeak’s new album All Yours is out September 4th, this Friday, however fans of the band can hear the record streamed in its entirety right now.
Since they came on the scene five years ago, the band 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.
The band took their 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”.
Widowspeak | All Yours Tracklisting
01. All Yours
03. Dead Love (So Still)
06. Borrowed World
07. Cosmically Aligned
08. My Baby’s Gonna Carry On
09. Coke Bottle Green
09/03 – New York, NY – Rocks Off Concert Cruise (Record Release Show)*
10/02 – San Francisco, CA – Culture Collide Festival @ Swedish American Hall
10/09 – Boston, MA – Unitarian Universalist Church
10/10 – Kingston, NY – O+ Positive Festival
10/11 – Toronto, ON – Silver Dollar
10/12 – Ann Arbor, MI – Bling Pig
10/13 – Chicago, IL – Chop Shop
10/14 – St. Louis, MO – Luminary Arts
10/15 – Norman, OK – Opolis
10/16 – Dallas, TX – Foundry
10/17 – Austin, TX – Lamberts
10/18 – New Orleans, LA – Gasa Gasa
10/19 – Atlanta, GA – Drunken Unicorn
10/20 – Asheville, NC – Mothlight
10/21 – Chapel Hill, NC – Cat’s Cradle
10/22 – Washington, DC – Comet Ping Pong
*09/03 w/ John Andrews and The Yawns