As High as the Highest Heavens and from the Center to the Circumference of the Earth
Genre: Shoegaze / Indie
Label: Kemado Records
By: Chris Fishlock
I’d hate to label the genre of an album as ‘slowcore’ but it’s hard to think of any word more fitting. True Widow have created an album full of very slow tempo music, with a mix of loud and soft dynamics that give a post-rock sound to the record.
One of the things that is great about As High as the Highest Heavens is that despite the slow lo-fi sound throughout, the record does not get boring and is very listenable – although completely inaccessible to fans of commercial music. The album sounds like a slowed down storm, with thundering bass throughout and slow lightning bolts of guitar over an overall very lo-fi sound.
The record also has a mix of male and female vocals that fit together nicely, and are in perfect place on the record. The vocal performances are also slow paced and distorted, blending them into the instrumentals and making it a non-vocal dominant album – which is something fairly rare nowadays.
The album has clear influence from the shoegaze but at the same time the album has sounds taken from grunge influences, giving the band a great and unique sound which truly set them apart from others. You could listen to this album next to bands such as Sonic Youth, Nirvana and My Bloody Valentine as well as being able to listen to it just as easily along with albums by bands such as Godspeed You! Black Emperor. This album fits nicely into the underground lo-fi scene and is one for any fans of this type of music.
True Widow – Skull Eyes