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Viking's Choice: True Widow Wants To Make Your Summer A Bummer

by Lars Gotrich
Jun 19, 2013

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Slow and steady wins the race, but sometimes, as in life, you need a moody sidekick to get you through it. (Or maybe that's just Daria.) Over the course of three mid-tempo albums, True Widow's stoner-rock and shoegaze mix (dubbed "stonegaze," of course) trudges with back-breaking heft. It's actually perfect music for hiking — tough and determined, yet as hypnotic as the rhythmic crunch of dead leaves beneath your feet. The thudding "Four Teeth" comes from the Dallas trio's forthcoming album, Circumambulation.

My favorite True Widow tracks tend to be ones where guitarist D.H. Phillips and bassist Nicole Estill trade vocal duties — or, better yet, twirl on top of each other like smoky wisps. "Four Teeth" is mostly Estill's show, with her classic 4AD voice and distorted bass matching time with Slim TX's steady drum hand. Turn it up on a good pair of speakers or headphones, and "Four Teeth" rattles like a heavier bummer jam from Neil Young's Zuma, complete with one-string guitar solos.

Circumambulation comes out July 23 on Relapse Records.

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