Widowspeak are the country dream-pop duo of Molly Hamilton and Robert Earl Thomas, who soldiered through the decidedly non-glamorous life as musicians in Brooklyn for several years before decamping to the wide open spaces of the Catskills/Hudson valley. As someone who visited that part of the country for the first time a week ago, I can’t say I blame them at all. The air itself seems charged with creative energy and unadulterated desire to make something beautiful, which is exactly what they’ve done on All Yours. It’s their third release following Alamanac and The Swamps EP, both of which came out in 2013. All Yours was worth the wait; it deep dives into the gruesome depths of loss, jealousy and anxiety, cloaking it all in the most empathetic, plush shoegaze-folk.
We premiered the album’s lead single “Girls,” a languid meditation on getting older and the pressures of succeeding as a woman in this world, and they quickly followed that up with the title track. “All Yours” is one of my favorites on the record, and one of the few songs here that seems comfortable with current affection. Most of them yearn toward past loves, no matter how exhausting or disorienting — see “Dead Love (So Still)” and “Stoned” — or worry at the endless sweet slip of hours, days, and time as a whole. This is slow sadness, stewing in Hamilton’s velvet, sad-eyed vocal recollections, simmering in honey acoustic chords that seem beholden to no pace but their own. It’s almost enough to convince me to ditch the city, too. Listen at KCRW.
All Yours is out 9/4 via Captured Tracks. Pre-order it here.