True Widow, the Dallas-based co-ed trio known for creating hauntingly beautiful heavy music, have signed to New York-based Kemado Records with an eye on a March 2011 release.
The band, comprised of singer/guitar player DH Phillips,singer/bass player Nicole Estill and drummer Slim Texas, have described their music as “stonegaze” while numerous outlets have offered their take on True Widow’s slowcore-meets-rock hybrid. AOL Spinner described the band’s music as “morphine-induced melodies dripping with haunting, heartfelt lyrics…,” Punk News said True Widow does “to Autolux what Black Sabbath did to metal” and hometown weekly, The Dallas Observer, described the band’s self-titled 2008 debut as simply “incredible.”
Retail supporters, Aquarius Records, enthusiastically shared these words with their customers, “Every song here is practically perfect, and each one segues seamlessly into the next, the sort of record where you don’t just remember the melody or the lyrics, but which songs comes next, and how long the pause between songs is, the sound just so hypnotic and mesmerizing, a sort of lyseric doom pop, a druggy post rock, but the thing is, none of that really explains how addictive these songs seem to be. Literally, from the moment we first heard this record, we have not been able to stop listening to it.”
While listening to their previous self-titled LP, one can feel the light distortion of down-tuned guitars, giving the vibe of Earth. But unlike Dylan Carson’s project, True Widow brings vocals to the forefront and is unafraid to reach into poppier territory, as the combination of DH and Nicole’s harmonies and unison singing over the spacey and at times jagged textures is the perfect juxtaposition. Listeners can hear the influence of bands from My Bloody Valentine and Stereolab, and even acts from the old Kranky roster, such as Labradford, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, etc. But it lacks the lull that some of these post-rockers can fall into, and instead the music continues to drive forward, albeit at the molasses pace that stoner rock fans can find delight in.
The band’s next live outing is Nov. 19 at Club Dada in Dallas.
True Widow joins The Sword, Saviours and Xasthur on Kemado’s burgeoning roster of heavy music.
From True Window’s Self-Titled 2008 Release on End.Sounds