Widowspeak: The Jacket (lim.ed. Coke Bottle Clear Vinyl) PRE-ORDER! vö:11.03. - Hilfe
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Widowspeak - The Jacket (lim.ed. Coke Bottle Clear Vinyl) PRE-ORDER! vö:11.03.

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Widowspeak
The Jacket (lim.ed. Coke Bottle Clear Vinyl) PRE-ORDER! vö:11.03.

Label Captured Tracks
Erstveröffentlichung 11.03.2022
Format LP
Lieferzeit 2 – 3 Wochen
Preis 21,95 € (inkl. MwSt. zzgl. Versand)
Rezension

Das sechste Album der Band aus Brooklyn, NY. Widowspeak mischen gekonnt Slow-Core, Dream-Pop, Indierock und Outlaw-Country zu einer Ästhetik, die sowohl an die 1960er als auch an die 1990er Jahre erinnert. Sanfte, treibende Balladen und twangige Songs, produziert von Chris Coady (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beach House). Für Fans von Cat Power, Big Thief, Hand Habits, Sharon Van Etten, Mazzy Star.

Unser Rezensent hat's gehört:
Mal wieder was für Freunde von Mazzy Star (und auch Cowboy Junkies): Auch das sechste Album des Duos aus Brooklyn erinnert vor allem dank des lasziven Gesangs von Molly Hamilton deutlich an die legendären Kollegen von der Westküste. Robert Earl Thomas gibt den David Roback allerdings in einer etwas bodenständigeren Variante. Dadurch klingen Widowspeak nicht ganz so psychedelisch, der Mix aus Americana, Country und Blues hat aber dennoch einen betont entspannten Flow. Die schrammelige Gitarre kann auch mal Country-Twang, ansonsten gibt es am Rande höchstens mal eine kleine Sixties-Orgel. Dieser puristisch-schlanke Sound lässt die sehr schöne Mädchenstimme bestens zur Geltung bringen. Und auch die Songs taugen mit unaufdringlicher Eleganz und milder Eingängigkeit. Aufgenommen wurde das Album interessanterweise mit Daptone-Artist Homer Steinweiss in den Diamond Mine-Studios weshalb die Songs tatsächlich einen latent souligen Vibe entwickeln. Macht insgesamt ein zeitlos schönes und unaufgeregtes Album mit verträumtem, entspannt-psychedelischem Gitarrensound abseits gängiger Trends und Moden. (Joe Whirlypop)

Review

Written in the months before and after the release of their critically acclaimed fifth album Plum, The Jacket feels like a full-circle moment for the duo of singer-songwriter Molly Hamilton and guitarist Robert Earl Thomas. Thematically, it considers Plum's broader questions about the values ascribed to one's time and labor through the more refined lens of performance and music-making. This is due in part to the band's recent return to New York City, the site of their own origin story, where they recorded The Jacket at the Diamond Mine with co-producer and noted Daptone Records affiliate Homer Steinweiss. Reunions always breed reflection, and Hamilton admits that much of the album's themes are tied to formative experiences in the band's own early years. Some songs speak to the process of moving on ("Unwind", "Salt"), while others muse about regret ("True Blue", "Forget It"). The album's namesake track considers the literal and figurative costumes we dress our personalities in: imbued with meaning and sense of time and place, becoming so representative of who we think we are before they're ultimately left behind. The symbolic spaces of work, music, nightlife are seen through the haze of recalling one's own unknown legends. Sonically, The Jacket finds the band at their usual and best: 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. Thomas's guitar playing is as lyrical and emotive as it's ever been, and Hamilton's voice: comfortable and effortless. This seamless dynamic is amplified perfectly in the mix by Chris Coady (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beach House). Widowspeak expertly pepper in slow-core, dream-pop, pacific northwest indie, and outlaw country, resulting in a 60s-meets-90s aesthetic. This sense of sonic nostalgia adds another layer to lyrics that reflect on old selves, invented and true. 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.

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