Widowspeak’s sixth studio album, The Jacket, is to be released March 11 via Captured Tracks. Along with the recent announcement, the duo (singer-songwriter Molly Hamilton and guitarist Robert Earl Thomas) share a song about shifting perspectives in increasingly complicated situations.
Sink into the sonic richness of “Everything is Simple” from Widowspeak that evolves into a dynamically shifting dream-pop nugget. Hamilton’s voice is nestled into the groove, percolating amidst tastefully atmospheric color and timely guitar touches that recall Cowboy Junkies, Big Thief and Neko Case.
“At the beginning of something (a relationship, a project, a job, a new place) you have this very pure feeling toward it. Everything feels less complicated because you’re oriented wholly toward that potential. It’s undefined, and that makes it easier to understand, because you can’t see the problems yet. As time goes on, you learn more, you experience more, and you see where the limitations exist: not even necessarily ones imposed upon you, but where you draw your own lines. Maybe you can’t see what was holding you back until it’s in the past, and by then others’ perspectives contradict your own. Everyone is constructing their own versions of reality. The song was originally going to feed into the drama of the imaginary band, but it’s about our own band too. I was thinking about how I’m an inherently unreliable narrator about my own life, and at the same time maybe there are no “true” stories,” says Hamilton.