Warm Widow - Widower

Widower

Warm Widow

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Download Album (mp3) 9 tracks 5.99
Download Album (flac) 9 tracks 6.99
Download Album (wav) 9 tracks 6.99
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Description

Warm Widow - Widower

Manchester’s Warm Widow never really intended to make this album – well, not in the way that "Widower" presents itself anyway. This was supposed to be the scratchy blueprint for the actual Warm Widow album, recorded, you know, like proper albums are recorded: in a recording studio perhaps, with an array of ‘appropriate’ microphones, with an actual producer (or certainly an engineer), and time to allow the band the breathing space to ‘nail it’, with additional options to try multiple takes and overdubs - in general, recording with a certain amount of control and ease.

Fact of the matter is, when White Box got their hands on the "Widower" album, complete with the word ‘demo’ scrawled across the wonderfully refined cover art (courtesy of UK artist Rachel Goodyear), it was apparent what had to be done: the word ‘demo’ had to be removed - and that was pretty much it. "Widower" is an urgent and an unorthodox rock album. Captured live in a matter of hours, entirely recorded on three rather shitty SM58 microphones in the grimy confines of some of Manchester and Salford’s least-welcoming environments for a band trying to ‘lay it down’. The struggle the band found their sorry asses enveloped in to make this record is the very thing that gives "Widower" its character. You too would be keen to get the fucker nailed sharpish if you were working in a non-soundproofed room, above a gym full of pissed off bodybuilders and 'bear-men', keen to put into practice their abilities to kick the living shit out of ‘noisy, talentless bastards upstairs’.

Warm Widow’s lo-fi pop blasts give a nod of the head to some of the sexiest bands we’ve fawned over – album opener "Cracker" recalls the
"Slates" period coldness of The Fall, Greenwood’s uniquely scattershot lyrical imagery cutting its own dark path throughout the record. Elsewhere there’s the early Jesus Lizard-esque "Lost Dog". We find the Anglophile-via-U.S. pop sensibilities of Guided By Voices in there (title track "Widower") – Guided By Voices seem to be a fitting reference point here, as a band whose sound became in part defined through their own limited recording resources. Elsewhere "Dogs In The Surgery" could have been co-written with Bob Mould during the Sugar period, "A Million Butterfly Skulls" could have easily slipped its way onto Wire's "Chairs Missing" LP. Album closer "Back Of The Class" resolutely and unashamedly echoes The Fall's "Spoilt Victorian Child".

There are undeniable points of reference to Warm Widow’s influences throughout "Widower", but, like The Fall, their dark centre is clearly a sound which could only be born out of circumstance in a bleak inner-city surrounding – Manchester is the culprit. Warm Widow are the band. The sound is future fucking now.

Reviews

Having found itself on a roll with two great albums that loosely inhabit the ambient genre (Richard A. Ingram's Consolamentum and Arkhonia's Trails/Traces), the White Box label makes a sharp exit from the drone-o-sphere with this blistering Manc-punk long-player from Warm Widow. Of course, if you look a little further back into the White Box catalogue you'll notice this isn't quite the A&R curveball it initially seems to be (just check out the deranged no-wave of Stranger Son Of WB), and the rehearsal room onslaught of Widower proves a worthy addition to this maturing label's profile. The spluttering deconstructions of 'Cracker' - complete with barked vocals from Martin Greenwood - can't help but conjure up references to The Fall, and the likes of 'Ficht Heit' further court such comparisons (perhaps with a snifter of Deerhoof thrown in for good measure) but elsewhere the strangulated epic guitars of 'Lost Dog' and the potent alt. rock hooks of 'A Million Butterfly Skulls' find Warm Widow expanding far beyond the sounds of Salford past - it's probably not too much of a stretch to suggest the band stray into territory occupied by the likes of No Age during their most melodic moments. Ace.- Bookmat

Tracklisting

Download Album (WHITEBOX007DD)
  1. Warm Widow - Cracker
  2. Warm Widow - Lost Dog
  3. Warm Widow - Ficht Heit
  4. Warm Widow - Widower
  5. Warm Widow - A Million Butterfly Skulls
  6. Warm Widow - In A Blackout
  7. Warm Widow - Dogs In The Surgery
  8. Warm Widow - Scruff Of His Neck
  9. Warm Widow - Back Of The Class

mp3 downloads

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Track Number Track NameTrack Length Price Buy
1 Cracker 5m 5s £0.75
2 Lost Dog 4m 2s £0.75
3 Ficht Heit 3m 11s £0.75
4 Widower 4m 43s £0.75
5 A Million Butterfly Skulls 2m 57s £0.75
6 In A Blackout 6m 21s £0.75
7 Dogs In The Surgery 4m 20s £0.75
8 Scruff Of His Neck 4m 14s £0.75
9 Back Of The Class 4m 53s £0.75
Entire MP3 Download Album (9 tracks) £5.99
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flac downloads

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Track Number Track NameTrack Length Price Buy
1 Cracker 5m 5s £0.75
2 Lost Dog 4m 2s £0.75
3 Ficht Heit 3m 11s £0.75
4 Widower 4m 43s £0.75
5 A Million Butterfly Skulls 2m 57s £0.75
6 In A Blackout 6m 21s £0.75
7 Dogs In The Surgery 4m 20s £0.75
8 Scruff Of His Neck 4m 14s £0.75
9 Back Of The Class 4m 53s £0.75
Entire FLAC Download Album (9 tracks) £6.99
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wav downloads

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Track Number Track NameTrack Length Price Buy
1 Cracker 5m 5s £0.75
2 Lost Dog 4m 2s £0.75
3 Ficht Heit 3m 11s £0.75
4 Widower 4m 43s £0.75
5 A Million Butterfly Skulls 2m 57s £0.75
6 In A Blackout 6m 21s £0.75
7 Dogs In The Surgery 4m 20s £0.75
8 Scruff Of His Neck 4m 14s £0.75
9 Back Of The Class 4m 53s £0.75
Entire WAV Download Album (9 tracks) £6.99