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2012-08-03 13:50:32 UTC

Up from the warm, almost oppressively humid Texas air rises a din. The sound is created by only three people. For now, we’ll just call them D.H., Nikki and Slim. The music that they are creating might be the aural equivalent of walking down a farm-to-market road on a foggy morning just before day breaks.

The clamor began in November 2007 when these three humans came together to form True Widow. As is to be expected, they set about committing this alchemy to tape and from this arose their self-titled debut in November 2008. True Widow was recorded by the more-than-capable hands of Matt Pence at his Echo Lab studio. But then came time to spread the good word. So they headed out West and then out East, bringing their simultaneously breathless and heavy live set with them.

Of course, they don’t expect you to just take their word on all of this. Fader Magazine said: " True Widow, who grabbed those lackadaisical grunge breakdowns we didn’t even realize we missed, and drew them out in an epic swell of apathy and stoned whateverness ".

And back to that live show. Crawdaddy said of the band’s 2009 set at the Noise Pop Festival in San Francisco: A mix of shoegaze and post rock with beautifully mellow vocals and menacing undertones, displaying a knack for delivering the rock goods while keeping the pace slow and steady with dynamics loud then soft—pretty downer music that manages to go interesting places even when it’s drenched in monotonous sludge. No gimmicks, just awesome music.

Reviews - CD [ SoundSphereMag.COM ]

Friday, 23 September 2011 Written by [ Darcie Hewitt-Dudding ]

True Widow's latest EP begins with ‘For Grace', a beautiful bluegrass-esque track that is very different to the usual distorted sound that we are used to. Setting the tone for the rest of the record; ‘For Grace' is a track of acoustic guitar that you could listen to over and over again. Seemingly uplifting, an instrumental track that is out of the usual way for TW and a lovely start to their latest offering.

The title track ‘I.N.O.' strikes back with what we love from TW. Heavy distorted guitars (DH )and sleepy vocals from Nikki (bass) and slow cymbal heavy drums (Slim). Single chords are the order of the day rather than the cyclical nature of the last album. With a slightly faster beat than regular shoegaze fare, the essence is still there and going strong. The longest song on the track at around fifteen minutes, this is nothing unusual for TW. However, it doesn't drag; instead you enjoy the melody and the general sleepiness of the entire track. After ten minutes, the music drops to a slower and slower pace until eventually stopping to a heartbeat, and yet returns to distortion of cinematic proportion. ‘Bathyscaphe' (which for those interested is a type of submarine) lives up to its name and connotes deep diving. This is one of the highlights of the EP as it is slightly faster paced and it gets your head nodding and throat humming. If you could make out the words, you would sing along to it, however, in true shoegazer tradition, TW treats vocals as another instrument. The last song, ‘SFHD' is an enjoyable track that almost has you smiling (though God forbid that that should actually happen!) and vocals that you could sing along to. However, it is still in keeping with the genre with haunting ethereal vocals, heavy, gloomy guitars and slow drums. These last three songs are moody yet not aggressive, like someone staring at you across a crowded room as opposed to being spat at.

All the songs are in the same vein as their last LP ('A.H.A.T.H.H.A.F.T.C.T.T.C.O.T.E.'), but this offering lets out a little of the constrained emotion that was so tightly held on to in the last one. This makes for a more enjoyable record to listen to on the whole. TW are masters at harnessing the fact that it is the space between the notes, the framing of a song, that is as important as the notes themselves. Haunting, ethereal and unique, TW's latest shows us that they are constrained, moody and brilliant.

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Artist - True Widow Album - Violitionist Sessions Release Date - 2011 Genre - Indie, Shoegaze, Slow-core, Lo-fi [ AWESOME ] Tracklist 1.Flat Black05:42 2.Jackyl06:12 3.NH06:49 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- True Widow - Violitionist Sessions -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - True Widow Album - For Grace Release Date - 2011 Genre - Indie, Post-rock, Shoegaze, Lo-fi [ AWESOME ] Tracklist 01. For Grace 02. INO 03. Bathyscaphe 04. SYB 05. SFHD -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- True Widow - I.N.O -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - True Widow Album - As High As the Highest Heavens and from the Center to the Circumference of the Earth Release Date - 2011 Genre - Indie, Post-rock, Shoegaze, Lo-fi [ AWESOME ] Tracklist 1. Jackyl (05:50) 2. Blooden Horse (07:05) 3. NH (06:40) 4. Skull Eyes (03:45) 5. Wither (05:10) 6. Boaz (07:22) 7. Night Witches (03:16) 8. Interlude (00:56) 9. Doomser (09:06) -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- True Widow - As High As the Highest Heavens and from the Center to the Circumference of the Earth -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist - True Widow Album - True Widow [ * * * * * ] Release Date - 2008 Genre - Indie, Post-rock, Shoegaze, Lo-fi [ AWESOME ] Tracklist 01 AKA 4:50 02 Duelist 4:35 03 Minor It Down 4:17 04 Sunday Driver 7:34 05 Corpse Master 6:36 06 Flat Black 4:49 07 All You Need 5:50 08 Mesh Mask 5:33 09 Bleeder 5:56 10 KR 8:45 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- True Widow - True Widow -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Have A Nice Life | The Observatory | Hoping To Collide | Desert City Soundtrack | Hunting Bears --------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

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