Widowspeak's music weaves wistful circles around you, reminds you of the feeling of having well-packed red soil beneath your bare feet. Or maybe that's just me. Still, one cannot deny that something about their music sounds a little fantastical; maybe its their use of echoing, thumping drums, rich guitars, or Molly Hamilton's smoky, eternally calm and steady vocals that remind me of some light-drenched forest or meadow.
The band has experienced a dramatic bit of turnover since it began in Brooklyn in 2010. The band's founder, Michael Stasiak, brought Hamilton and Robert Earl Thomas together to create the band, later adding in bassist Pamela Garabano-Coolbaugh. The debut, self-titled album, released in 2011, was dreamy and captured attention when the song "Harsh Realm" was used in the popular television show American Horror Story
. In 2012, Hamilton and guitarist Thomas found themselves continuing Widowspeak on their own. Their second album, Almanac
, had the same earthy feeling, but they experimented with a darker tone and some new instruments, and in 2013 released an EP called The Swamps
, the highlight of which is "Calico," a song with a tempo as steady as rock and clear lyrical prowess. Since then they have released the singles "Girls," which recalls country music, with its use of a sweeping harmonica, and "All Yours," a softly catchy song with all the makings of a classic.
Notably, Widowspeak has remained consistent throughout their years in music, choosing to evolve thematically and musically while not making any major shifts. Because of this, they have cultivated their musical identity to be extremely individual and specific.
Widowspeak is playing at the Cutty Sark Brooklyn Bowl Showcase along with bands Eternal Summers and Small Black, on June 30th. Cutty is giving away prize crates to five winners, the prizes being a pair of tickets to the show, a Cutty T-shirt, flask, or shot glass.
Tickets for the showcase can be purchased here
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