New York indie rockers Widowspeak announced their sixth studio album, The Jacket. The record is from March 11 via Captured Tracks, but the first single “Everything Is Simple” is now available, along with a music video directed by OTIUM. Check it out below.
Widowspeak recorded The Jacket with producer Homer Steinweiss. The record, originally a concept album centered on the formation and disintegration of a fictional band, is full of self-referential, full-circle moments. Now a duo, band members Molly Hamilton and Robert Earl Thomas reunite with founding drummer Michael Stasiak for the recording, which also features JD Sumner on bass, and piano and keyboard contributions from Michael Hess.
“Everything Is Simple” previews The Jacket with a minimalist, country groove. “It’s all simple ’til it’s not,” Hamilton shouted, as a black guitar line rolled.
Widowspeak discussed the nature of the song in a statement:
“At the beginning of something (a relationship, a project, a job, a new place) you have this pure feeling to it. Everything feels less complicated because you’re completely focused of that potential.It’s indeterminate, and that makes it easier to understand, because you don’t see the problems yet.Over time, the more you learn, the more you experience, and you’ll see if where are the limits: not even the ones imposed on you, but where you draw your own lines.You may not see what is holding you back until it was before, and then the views of others are contrary to yours. “Everyone builds their own versions of reality.”
The group continued, “The song originally goes to the drama of the fantasy band, but it’s also about our own band. I wonder how I’m an unreliable narrator about my own life, and at the same time maybe there are no ‘real’ stories.
Hamilton heads south from Brooklyn to the rodeo of the song’s music video, where the cowboys corral bulls to the singer “learns to love the ropes when you’re caught” on the opening line. In a statement, the OTIUM director said that “the concept of the video is centered on the idea of testing, knowing that even if things are different from what you want, the action itself is what you are trying to achieve.”
In addition to the release The Jacket, Widowspeak will also be on the road next year. The band’s North American tour began in April in New York City, and ended in May in Cleveland, Ohio. Full support has not yet been announced, but lucky fans in Miami, Orlando, and Atlanta will see them play with Clairo. See the full tour itinerary below, and pick up tickets Ticketmaster.
This past fall, Widowspeak went on a North American tour with Turnover and Temple of Angels. They released their last album, Plum, in 2020.
The Jacket Album Artwork:
The Jacket Tracklist:
01. While You Wait
02. Everything is simple
04. True Blue
05. The Jacket
07. The Drive
08. Slow Dance
09. Forget It
Widowspeak 2022 Tour Dates:
04/07 – New York, NY @ Baby’s All Right
04/08 – Philadelphia, PA @ Underground Arts
04/09 – Washington, DC @ Jammin ‘Java
04/13 – Miami, FL @ The Fillmore *
04/14 – Orlando, FL @ Hard Rock Live *
04/15 – Athens, GA @ Hendershots
04/16 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle *
04/17 – Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle *
04/19 – New Orleans, LA @ dba
04/20 – Houston, TX @ White Oak Music Hall
04/21 – Austin, TX @ Mohawk
04/22 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
04/23 – Ft Worth, TX @ Tulips
04/25 – Albuquerque, NM @ InsideOut
04/26 – Tucson, AZ @ Groundworks
04/27 – Palm Springs, CA @ Alibi
04/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Zebulon
04/29 – Santa Ana, CA @ La Santa
04/30 – San Diego, CA @ Soda Bar
05/03 – Santa Cruz, CA @ The Atrium at The Catalyst
04/05 – Oakland, CA @ Starline Social Club
05/06 – Portland, O @ Polaris Hall
05/07 – Seattle, WA @ Belltown Bloom
05/09 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Hangar House
05/10 – Denver, CO @ Globe Hall
05/12 – Des Monies, IA @ xBk
05/14 – Chicago, IL @ Beat Kitchen
05/15 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Tavern
* = w/ Clario