Widowspeak have announced The Jacket, the follow-up to 2020's wonderful Plum, and shared the lead single "Everything is Simple."
Widowspeak's approach to their next record was a bit different than previous albums. Starting out with some loose sketches for tracks, the band turned them into a fictional tale about a made-up band (a method Paul McCartney used for Sgt. Pepper). "Everything is Simple" is our first taste and it immediately takes a darker, downtrodden turn than the brighter songs from its predecessor. There is a strong, metallic riff that drives the track forward with Molly Hamilton's hushed vocals glossing over the texture to give it a semi-polished feel before more agitated, proto-punk grit takes over in the later-half of the song. This is a noir-country take and incredibly suiting of the band's dynamics that furthers their sound away from the pleasantries of dream-pop into something a bit more sinister in sound. There is still that luminous glow that evokes beauty, but it's been roughed up around the edges. In a statement, the band shared:
The Jacket is out March 11 via Captured Tracks.