Friday, 21 August 2015

Widowspeak 'All Yours' (ALBUM REVIEW)

These Big Apple indie rockers specialise in the slow-burning end of bar room downer-addled country pop and, four albums into their career, seem to have really found their mojo song-writing wise on ‘All Yours’, released on the Captured Tracks label.

Pitching up somewhere between Edie Brickell and Feist, this rootsy duo consisting of Molly Hamilton (dreamy femme fatale voice, guitar) and Robert Earl Thomas (lead guitar, hipster beard) really pack a laid back punch, featuring three key highlights.
Standout lead-off single ‘Girls’ sounds like it’s just fallen out of a David Lynch movie, Molly emphasising her smokin’-yet-demure credentials as heat-haze warped harmonica floats around the edges in a beautifully precise lo-fi groove that keeps on giving throughout its six tantalising minutes.

Then, just as you think things can’t get better, we get the delightful Bossa-Nova shuffle of ‘My Baby’s Gonna Carry On’. You can practically hear Donald Fagen pounding his fist on the studio door offering his services as the wall of sound instrumentation trades blows with multi-track vocal harmonies to beguiling effect.

‘Hands’ serves as the soothing elegiac closer, jangly guitar enveloping the listener before Molly’s breathless tones join in, the track building beautifully with strings and some lovely bottom end in a manner not unlike something Spiritualized would give their right teeth to have put together.


Words - Mike Price

All Yours is released on September 4th

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