Widowspeak- 'The Swamps' EP

Widowspeak give way to a recognisable dark hazy sound similar to Mazzy Star with the release of new EP

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  • Release Date 29 Oct, 2013
  • Record Label Captured Tracks
7 / 10
From London Grammar to Daughter, certain bands sound like they’re drifting along a misty lagoon at midnight. But what happens when their punt hits a rock and sinks in a flailing panic? ‘Smoke And Mirrors’ happens: a dense, torrid quicksand of clattering shoegaze chaos at the heart of this six-track stopgap between Brooklyn duo Widowspeak’s celebrated second album ‘Almanac’ and their soon-come third.

It quickly gives way to calmer and more familiar waters, though: ‘Calico’ is a psych-blues slither dripping with Deep South swamp-rot, and ‘Brass Bed’ and ‘True Believer’ are both slices of country whimsy lamenting the sweet air of romantic stagnation, like Mazzy Star lounging in a tin bath full of poppers.

Mark Beaumont

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