Monday, November 7, 2016

True Widow out on the post-metal frontier, Mary Lattimore pushes the harp into indie terrain (Will's Pub)

Posted By on Mon, Nov 7, 2016 at 1:18 PM

THIS LITTLE UNDERGROUND
click to enlarge True Widow at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • True Widow at Will's Pub
Not content to just drift in the nebulous post-metal tide, Dallas trio True Widow (Nov. 5, Will’s Pub) describe their sound more specifically as “stonegaze.” It’s a tidy portmanteau that’s pretty accurate, if only just a snapshot of what they do.
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  • Jen Cray
  • True Widow at Will's Pub
Indeed, the music’s got the hanging, narcotic heft of stoner rock – heavy enough to be on Relapse Records – and some textural gestures evocative of shoegaze. But in full panorama, their mood-rock is a dark, rich state of being that renders slowcore atmosphere with leaden metal gravity.
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  • Jen Cray
  • True Widow at Will's Pub
Live, they lay it on thick from some deep abyss between Low and Earth. It’s a very particular aesthetic, and True Widow are carving it with increasing clarity. And as the crowds confirm, they’re etching their prime status in the micro-genre even deeper with each outing.
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  • Jen Cray
  • True Widow at Will's Pub
click to enlarge True Widow at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • True Widow at Will's Pub
Opening was avant-garde Philadelphia harpist Mary Lattimore. Besides pointing her instrument in decidedly non-classical directions, her list of creative associations includes indie icons like Thurston Moore, Kurt Vile, Jarvis Cocker and Sharon Van Etten.
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  • Jen Cray
  • Mary Lattimore at Will's Pub
Though it has the requisite gates-of-heaven beauty associated with the instrument, her playing isn’t just some easy Baroque zephyr. It’s an experimental flight using loops, layers and effects to weave a crystalline web that’s beautiful, tense, even unsettling.
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  • Jen Cray
  • Mary Lattimore at Will's Pub
Even when things get traditionally lovely, it’s only a matter of time until the edges start to warp. And having that experience in the middle of a rock bill was a dramatic and effective relief.
click to enlarge Mary Lattimore at Will's Pub - JEN CRAY
  • Jen Cray
  • Mary Lattimore at Will's Pub
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