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Release Date Friday 28th August
All pre-orders will be dispatched/made ready for collection on that date.
• 2 x exclusive art prints 2 by illustrator Nick Dahler
• Signed & numbered
• Limited pressing of 400
2. The Good Ones
5. Even True Love
7. Sure Thing
With Plum, the songwriting partnership rooted in the creative rapport
between bandleader Molly Hamilton and guitarist Robert Earl Thomas continues to expand on shared visions, delving deeper into what
was always there: dusty guitars, ear-worm melodies, warm expansive
arrangements. Each entry to their catalog has marked a subtle reimagining of Widowspeak’s sound, though perennial points of reference
remain the same: 90’s dream pop, 60’s psych rock, a certain unshakeable Pacific-Northwestness. Speaking to the timeless feeling of each,
the albums continue to be discovered well beyond their respective PR
cycles, made beloved by new listeners through word of mouth.
The band’s fifth album feels comfortable and lived-in: humble in structure, heavy on mood. Perhaps that came taking time off from the touring grind, instead working full-time jobs and settling into the rhythm of
daily life in a small upstate New York town. Plum was recorded over a
handful of weekends last winter by Sam Evian (Cass McCombs, Kazu
Makino, Hannah Cohen) at his Flying Cloud studio in the Catskills, and
was mixed by Ali Chant (PJ Harvey, Aldous Harding, Perfume Genius). In addition to Hamilton (vocals, guitar) and Thomas (guitars, bass,
synth), it features instrumental contributions by Andy Weaver (drums),
Michael Hess (piano), and Sam himself (bass, synth). Plum nestles into
the band’s canon like it was always there, but with new textures coming
to the fore, like the polyrhythmic pulse of “Amy” and “The Good Ones”,
or the watery, Terry Riley-influenced track “Jeanie”
Plum navigates the spaces between the lesser emotions of modern life.
Hamilton’s lyrics speak to the unique turmoil of anyone who creates as
their work, who must somehow survive off such “fruits of their labor.”
Yet, Widowspeak have always made a bitter pill much easier to swallow. The majestic “Breadwinner”, the luminous “Even True Love” – these
songs here were made to be listened to, enjoyed. “Money” is particularly hypnotic, built around a repeating, cyclical motif that serves as
both skeleton and body. “Will you get back what you put in?” Hamilton
asks over an insistent guitar riff. The line is delivered with a knowingness that transcends its surface critiques of late-stage capitalism, asking both herself and the listener whether this is, in fact, the world we
want to live in. Through Plum, Widowspeak have brought something
into the world that seems to know its own worth, even as it wonders
aloud about what is to come. What value and meaning do we assign
ourselves, our time, and how do we spend it?
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