Widowspeak is an American band comprised of Molly Hamilton and Robert Earl Thomas, known for its dreamy, western-tinged take on rock and roll. Their self-titled debut was praised for its reverential spaciousness, Hamilton’s haunting voice, and Thomas’s sinister Morricone-esque guitar lines. On their second album, Almanac, the duo explores denser arrangements and new sonic territory, from Saharan rhythms to Appalachian-inspired melodies, all delivered with stoic, wistful restraint. Named after those annual tomes which provide agricultural advice, chart weather patterns and astronomocal phenomena, Almanac likewise tracks the life and death of seasons, youth, love, and the cyclical nature of all things.
The album was recorded by Kevin McMahon (Swans, Real Estate) in a hundred year old barn in the Hudson River Valley of New York State during the transition from summer to fall. Producing with McMahon, Thomas expanded on the band’s demos, crafting layers of guitar, Rhodes piano, organ and harmonium.
Almanac will be released January 22, 2013 on Captured Tracks. Following the release of first album single “Ballad of the Golden Hour”, the band is back today to share one more single from the record before the year is out.
MP3: “The Dark Age” –
12/14 Brooklyn, NY – St. Vitus (Hurricane Sandy benefit show presented by Pitchfork) ¥
1/22 New York, NY – Mercury Lounge
1/23 Philadelphia, PA – Kung Fu Necktie
1/24 Washington, DC – Black Cat Backstage
1/26 Middletown, CT – Wesleyan University – Eclectic House
1/27 Boston, MA – Great Scott
¥ = w/ The Men, Lust for Youth