Friday, 11 November 2016

ALBUM REVIEW: True Widow - "Avvolgere"

By: Richard Maw

Album Type: Full Length
Date Released: 23/09/2016
Label: Relapse Records


Fuzzed up, laid back and dragging the shoegaze sound into hell, Avvolgere is a mood piece and much like its predecessor, “Circumambulation”, it meanders through the playing length at a stroll. It is an album to listen to as a whole, do so and you will be richly rewarded.

“Avvolgere” CD//DD//LP track listing:

1.Back Shredder (04:21)
2.Theurgist (04:38)
3.F. W. T. S. L. T. M. (05:15)
4.The Trapper and the Trapped (05:14)
5.O. O. T. P. V. (05:42)
6.Entheogen (05:47)
7.To all that the Elong (01:55)
8.Sante (03:52)
9.Grey Erasure (03:25)
10.What finds me (06:00)

The Review:

Sitting down to write this review, I had just finished listening to the new Airbourne album... from the ridiculous to the sublime, then! True Widow have a sound that is very much their own. Fuzzed up, laid back and dragging the shoegaze sound into hell- that's the best summary I can come up with. Plenty of great songs are contained on this release, just like the last one, in fact. From the distorted roll of “Back Shredder” through to the tenth and final track of “What Finds Me”, True Widow have done it again.

The sound has weight to it, but it is not leaden like, say Sabbath. The overall effect is somewhat more ethereal. Tracks such as “Theurgist” a melancholic and downbeat, even if the tempo is neither.  The songs are all great here- “O.O.T.P.V.", “The Trapper and The Trapped,” “Sante"... even the interlude type tracks. It all hangs together into one continual wave of music. Don't be expecting too much in the way of variety as the album is a mood piece; let it wash over you like a wave.

It is a mellow and restful listen, in terms of song writing, there not being too much to differentiate the tracks here. It is a mood piece and much like its predecessor, “Circumambulation”, it meanders through the playing length at a stroll. It is an album to listen to as a whole, do so and you will be richly rewarded. 

“Avvolgere” is available here

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