Widowspeak have released their fifth studio, Plum, via Captured Tracks. A lyric from the album’s title track says, “The stone that’s buried: what the fruit is for.” This line serves as an apt analogy for the record itself: the self-aware sweetness that the band employs to deliver the seed of a harder, sharper idea. Singer Molly Hamilton coats wry observations in a voice as honeyed as the sun-ripened fruit, and Widowspeak have always made a bitter pill much easier to swallow. From its opening strum there’s a palpable warmth and familiarity to Plum even as it hints at darker truths below the surface, questions about inherent worth. What value and meaning do we assign ourselves, our time, and how do we spend it?
Stream Plum now.