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Widowspeak

Widowspeak

Shawn Brackbill

When: Tue., Oct. 13, 8 p.m. 2015
Price: $12
Molly Hamilton and Robert Earl Thomas, the core of formerly Brooklyn-based band Widowspeak, packed their bags for upstate New York—specifically the little Catskills town of Saugerties—before they began work on their lovely new album, All Yours (Captured Tracks). They’d gravitated toward small-town settings before—they recorded parts of the 2013 EP The Swamps in New Paltz—but this time they went all-in and rented an entire house. Unsurprisingly, the strum-happy grooves on the new record feel pretty chill. The music has a touch of Mazzy Star, not least in Hamilton’s narcotic, breathy singing about love gone wrong, but the rhythms are far more brisk and bright. The songs embellish their hermetic little world of hypnotic pop with a flourish of harmonica here and some subdued horns there, and even when Hamilton is at her most whispery, it doesn’t interfere with the catchiness of her melodies.
— Peter Margasak

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