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Widowspeak, KXCI Presents!

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Widowspeak April 26

GROUNDWORKS 2919 E Grant Rd, Tucson, AZ, 85716

WIDOWSPEAK
SYLVIE
HANNAH YEUN

$10 ADV. $12 DOS. ALL-AGES. 7PM DOORS. 7:30 SHOW.

Widowspeak’s sixth studio album, The Jacket, was released March 11 via Captured Tracks. The Jacket is a wizened meditation on performance and past lives from a band who’ve seen their fair share, hitting their stride now over a decade in. The album breathes deeply, balancing moments of open lushness with a straightforward, Velvets-y approach. Dynamics shift seamlessly between gentle, drifting ballads and twangy jams, built up from layered guitars, dusty percussion and ambling bass lines. Elsewhere: whimsical flutes, choral textures, and basement organs. They expertly pepper in slow-core, dream-pop, pacific northwest indie, and outlaw country, resulting in a 60s-meets-90s aesthetic. The Jacket is a present and comfortable record, imbued with a sense of collective pause and the ease of a band at the top of their game. For all its familiar textures, it still feels entirely fresh within that canon: proudly a guitar record, a rock record, a songwriter’s record. A Widowspeak record.

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Widowspeak announce their sixth studio album, The Jacket, released March 11 via Captured Tracks. Along with the announcement, the duo (singer-songwriter Molly Hamilton and guitarist Robert Earl Thomas) share a propulsive, spirited song about shifting perspectives in increasingly complicated situations. In the music video directed by OTIUM, Hamilton croons “learned to love the ropes when you were caught, see they could be braided a better way and sinking into nothing – you learn to stay” fittingly in front of bulls being wrangled at a rodeo.

 

Quote from Widowspeak on “Everything is Simple” – “At the beginning of something (a relationship, a project, a job, a new place) you have this very pure feeling toward it. Everything feels less complicated because you’re oriented wholly toward that potential. It’s undefined, and that makes it easier to understand, because you can’t see the problems yet.  As time goes on, you learn more, you experience more, and you see where the limitations exist: not even necessarily ones imposed upon you, but where you draw your own lines. Maybe you can’t see what was holding you back until it’s in the past, and by then others’ perspectives contradict your own.  Everyone is constructing their own versions of reality.  The song was originally going to feed into the drama of the imaginary band, but it’s about our own band too.  I was thinking about how I’m an inherently unreliable narrator about my own life, and at the same time maybe there are no “true” stories. “

 

Watch the official music video for “Everything is Simple” below!

“Lead single “Everything Is Simple” finds Molly Hamilton and Robert Earl Thomas expertly balancing rambunctious rock ‘n’ roll with serenely graceful folk-pop, accenting their earthy, riff-laden vamp with lightly psychedelic textures and meditative piano. It’s a deeply pretty reflection on that beautiful phase when a new endeavor feels fresh and exciting and limitless in potential: “Everything is simple ’til it’s not.” “
— STEREOGUM [FEATURED ALBUM OF THE WEEK]

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