FRIDAY, OCTOBER 02, 2015 |
Posted by: Evan Jake Goldstein
There's this idea that's been popularized in cultural criticism these days that you have to really know and love a genre to form a valid opinion it. You need to be the biggest hip-hop head on staff to tackle the new Drake/Future mixtape. You need to be a cinephile to be able to criticize 20th century film noir. Frankly my dear, that's bulls*** (and I don't give a damn). If you know your medium, you can draw your own conclusions. So what if I'm not be the biggest shoegaze/dreampop guy out there, I know good music when I hear it. Although Widowspeak's new album All Yours can be so tranquil that it makes me want to take a nap, that tranquility is key to what makes the record work so who cares that it makes me at least a little bit sleepy.
On the track "Girls," Molly claims, "I've seen girls younger than me / doing things that I've never done" which speaks to all of our existential concerns of aging and missing out on life. "Cosmically Aligned" reminded me of a relationship that ended with her ultimately claiming that we weren't "cosmically aligned," and who can't remember the first time somebody dumped you for reasons that to this day still sound slightly insane.
Molly Hamilton's soothing, angelic voice helped me wait for the 4 train home for an hour at 3 AM after a night of of youthful indiscretions. Robert Earl Thomas' distant, spacey solos over Molly's folk inspired twangy rhythms made the hours float by when I spent the day in bed coughing up what resembled something between lime jello and cottage cheese. It may seem unconventional, but there are days where you need an album to tune in, turn on, and drop out to, and Widowspeak delivered exactly that on All Yours.