what do country, dream pop and a textile factory have in common?
"Everything is simple 'til it's not". It's the kind of lyric that would sound rather clumsy in the hands of most bands. The same way a drawing of a plum with an umbilical cord would be rather unlikely to grace the cover of one of the best dream pop records of the past few years. Thankfully, Widowspeak are a different breed.
Molly Hamilton and Robert Earl Thomas’s concept album of sorts turns out to be a very good fit Initially conceived as a concept album about a "chain-stitcher working in the satin district of an unnamed city", Brooklyn-based Widowspeak's sixth album The Jacket soon turned into something more abstract and personal, as writing about a third party proved to be difficult, with their own lives gradually creeping in. It's likely a tricky process; it's almost inevitable that whatever one’s line of work, one’s own past experiences will at some point shape things to come. Primarily though not exclusively a duo of Molly Hamilton and Robert Earl Thomas, Widowspeak found that additional contributions from fellow musicians provided an external backdrop which allowed them to concentrate better on their own pieces of the jigsaw.