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Anthony Carew

Free Music Monday: Widowspeak "Ballad of the Golden Hour"

By November 19, 2012

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Before going to see a preview screening of Skyfall the other day, a Sony Pictures minion informed by that Sony Pictures politely —yet firmly!— requested that no major plot developments of the picture be disclosed. Gladly, this spoiler paranoia —and the attendant decrees from concerned studio conglomerates— doesn't extend to music, so I can just come out and say it: the best part of this new Widowspeak single is the (twist!) ending.

"Ballad of the Golden Hour" is the delightfully-named first single taken from Almanac, the forthcoming second album for the Brooklyn-based duo. The song is four-and-a-half minutes of glorious, glowing, golden-toned guitars; rolling out in a fashion that suggests that warmth that stays on your skin, sunkissed, after a day spent in the summertime outdoors.

It sounds like an expected progression from the band's excellent self-titled LP, with a more dynamic edge to the tune, Molly Hamilton's voice nestled moreso amongst the instruments, and a sense of greater 'reach' amongst the cleaner fidelity.

And, then, at the end, all those chiming guitars and layers of wafting atmosphere receded swiftly away, and a tiny, frail, hushed conclusion arises; with Hamilton's voice barely kept to a whisper. It's not an unfamiliar way to conclude a tune, but on "Ballad of the Golden Hour" Widowspeak hold it for just a bar or two longer than most, and it adds a whole new emotional element to the tune right at the end. An ending that, hopefully, I haven't just 'spoiled' for you... Photo John Stortz

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