Today Widowspeak share the fourth single, “Even True Love,” from their upcoming album Plum, to be released August 28. On “Even True Love,” the duo – singer-songwriter Molly Hamilton and guitarist Robert Earl Thomas – acknowledge the inevitable loss of those closest to us: “In the deepest wells, in the shallow sick/I can see you shaking in the great unknown/Will you learn to live with what you chose?/Even true love, you can’t take it with you.”
Molly Hamilton on “Even True Love”: “Prior to writing ‘Even True Love’, I’d been sitting with some existential dread for the last year or so; honestly, sort of overwhelmed by the recognition that life is absurd and finite. The song itself is upbeat, kind of cruising. I was thinking about those youth-glorifying ‘YOLO’ type songs and that big mood, but also feeling like there’s so much more to it than that. Maybe because they only live once, humans tend to want to possess things: objects, success, money, experiences, people. True Love. Amassing the most and best of whatever while you can. But that never really landed with me; I think this one is more about being present with the unknown, letting things go a little more, trying not to hold on too tight.”
This follows the release of the album’s first three singles “Breadwinner,” a track “as spare and breathy and beautiful as anything they’ve released” (Stereogum), “Money” that “features hypnotically repeating riffs, shimmering guitars” (Paste), and “Plum” featured in The Line Of Best Fit’s “Best New Music” playlist. Watch the duo perform the singles plus fan favorites via a Relix “Remote Session” here.
On Plum, Widowspeak continue to expand on the shared visions they’ve explored across five albums, delving deeper into what was always there: dusty guitars, ear-worm melodies, warm expansive arrangements. In the decade since forming they’ve garnered praise from top outlets, with The New York Times saying “…their music keeps opening up new spaces” and NPR noting the duo’s ability to “fuse lightness and darkness like few others.” Recorded over a handful of weekends last winter by Sam Evian (Cass McCombs, Kazu Makino, Hannah Cohen) at his Flying Cloud studio in the Catskills, and mixed by Ali Chant (PJ Harvey, Aldous Harding, Perfume Genius), Plum was finished up just as the start of spring signaled something, everything was changing. With its release, Widowspeak have brought something into the world that seems to know its own worth, even as it wonders aloud about what is to come.