March 16, 2013

and i’m almost, always, all yours


Widower‘s new record is one of three albums that have occupied almost all of my music-listening time in 2013. Fool Moon is a loamy record that feels like a waterlogged seaside town smelling of salt and rust, like forgetting. Or being forgotten.

widower full moon coverThis is a slowly-unfolding, melancholy album that wrestles to balance beginning again with battlescars, while being punched clean through with regrets. The night I first heard it, I listened to it once, and then three times more in quick and complete succession. It felt like an oil lamp smoldering the banish some of the damp greyness around me, and has been a constant addiction since then.

Despite some wide open big-sky moments here, like on the opening song “Jumper Cables,” or the sweetly wheeling “Oh Catherine, My Catherine,” there’s this gorgeous hesitancy woven through this record. Nowhere do I hear it more than in the final song “Almost, Always, All Yours,” because really — when are we ever completely anyone’s? I’d rather have a love song like this one than one doused in sweet and empty promises.

Almost, Always, All Yours – Widower

courtships run their course, first loves and last resorts
i’ve been a prince, i’ve been a poor sport
i was almost, always, all yours

when i’m frightened by the sunrise, when it comes as no surprise
when i’m feeling out of sorts, and off-course, of course
i’m almost, always, all yours

and true happiness is heads or tails, never-the-less, it never fails
and it’s every bit as bleak as this week’s weather report
and it’s almost, always, all yours

Buy Fool Moon, and listen often.

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  • I have listened to this record a few times on their Bandcamp site, but your post has convinced me to go ahead and buy it. I think my favorite is Thoroughbred.

    What are the other two albums you’ve been almost exclusively listening to? Night Beds and ?

    Paul Johnson — March 17, 2013 @ 6:06 am

  • Me too!! Excellent album which I will also buy.

    John Purrington — March 19, 2013 @ 4:53 pm

  • Re: What are the other two albums you’ve been almost exclusively listening to?
    Night Beds and ?

    I’m going to guess The Tin Drums???
    Am I right Heather?

    Kevin — March 19, 2013 @ 5:31 pm

  • [...] altro cantautore classico, anche questo scoperto grazie a Fuel/Friends come Tyler Lyle di cui parlavo al giro precedente: un gioiello di album di canzoni delicate, [...]

    For those about to blog — March 22, 2013 @ 4:10 am

  • Great song. Thanks for sharing. I found it on KEXP too…worth a listen on there as well!

    Sara — March 25, 2013 @ 10:14 am

  • Greate Song, i love it Sunidhi Dass

    Sunidhi — April 1, 2013 @ 11:21 am

  • Hey Heather,
    Will you be at the Phosphorescent show at Lincoln
    Hall in Chi-town in two weeks? I’m a big fan of your blog.

    Lloyd Perlow — April 2, 2013 @ 1:45 pm

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Location: Colorado, originally by way of California
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