Brooklyn natives, Widowspeak, released their 5th studio album, Expect the Best, this past August, the indie rock band’s first album since their 2015 album, All Yours. With the potentially added stress to produce another successful album I can recognize a turn in style in this album. This works for Widowspeak as a way of not being pigeonholed to reproduce the same sound to be successful.
Expect the Best is the perfect melancholy autumn album to ground my angsty self to. They have created a massive and warm sound with the use of multiple guitars and well-orchestrated drums that take you deep into their songs. Then, they have the perfect secret weapon: lead singer Molly Hamilton. She gives off a wonderful, less overrated version of Lana Del Rey-sounding vocals which are very relaxed and sensual.
The theme of the album is introduced with the song “When I Tried.” It starts with a very 80’s sounding guitar riff that sits on top of the song very well just like Hamilton’s voice. Then that massive sound with the multiple guitars and prominent drums take over in between that catchy counter sounding riff. Then I regress back to the other theme that is carried through this album which is melancholy. That is put right forward in the lyrics of this song, and is expressed so well in company of the sensual voice of Hamilton’s singing:
Tried to do some work today/ Tried to go out and play/ Got the feeling to talk/ Then I had nothing to say.
The album then goes into my second favorite song, “Dog.” This song starts really strong with the distinct guitar opening, but somehow takes this deep sound and turns it slightly optimistic when the chorus hits and she sings “I wanna stay, I wanna stay.” It breaks up the very mundane sound of the song, and without Hamilton they would not be able to have that sound successfully without it bleeding into the background. It makes you really look forward to the chorus and keeps you in it.
The album then transitions into the middle men of the album “Warmer,” and “Good Sport,” which both go along with sounds of the album perfectly but don’t stand alone as well. Then things are picked back up with the songs, “Let Me,” and “Right On,” which I personally think both deserve more love. Their inner Indie Grunge is peeping out with these nostalgic sounding song. They do this sound in a very successful way that could easily go wrong. It is a heavy sounding middle of the album that is still chill due to their deep roots in Indie music.
Then the one last kick on the album with songs, “Fly on the Wall,” and the album title track “Expect the Best.” If this whole time you still do not fully understand what I have been trying to explain with the deeper sound and the moody harmonizing singing from Hamilton, look up this song. It is the perfect song identity of this album, hence why they probably named the album after this song.
This Indie Folk band has added a new genera to their bag of identity, and that is a true Indie Rock sound which they have taken on with success with the album, Expect the Best.
By: Sara Wallace