True Widow

True Widow
True Widow

Dallas trio TRUE WIDOW craft patient, rounded music that calls to mind images of foggy dawns and parched fields. Formed in November 2007, TRUE WIDOW released their self-titled debut a year later and immediately caught the ears of the underground. At its core, the music of TRUE WIDOW is powered by the driving, guitar dense aspects of shoegaze and stoner rock and the heavy, low moving evocations of ambient music.

Following their auspicious start, the band returned in 2011 with their sophomore full length, As High As The Highest Heavens And From The Center To The Circumference Of The Earth. As High As The Highest Heavens saw the band solidify their direction and further mature their sound, but it wasn’t until 2013’s Circumambulation (TRUE WIDOW’s debut album for independent label Relapse Records) that they reached the heights ­ both professionally and compositionally ­ they have now.

Circumambulation garnered the band widespread praise both within and beyond the metal world and was praised by publications as diverse as Pitchfork, NPR, Decibel Magazine and the Wall Street Journal. The band followed up the success of that album with extensive touring across the US, Russia, and Europe, including numerous appearances at renowned festivals such as Roadburn, Fun Fun Fun Fest, Psycho California, and more.

This year, Avvolgere, the forthcoming LP from Texas trio TRUE WIDOW, perfects the formula that Circumambulation established. The album rocks and rolls with serene, rounded climaxes and steep, jangling choruses that engulf the listener with waves of downbeat, saccharine melodies and mesmerizing distortion. TRUE WIDOW’s signature alternation between male and female vocals helps further blur the boundaries between the heft of stoner rock, the droning atmosphere of shoegaze, and the twangy catchiness of blues and indie rock. It’s both concise and circuitous ­ the album takes you on a journey that you can’t ever quite predict or expect. Avvolgere is TRUE WIDOW sounding more infectious and consummate than ever before.

True Widow is:

D.H. Phillips (guitar/steel guitar/vocals)

Nicole Estill (bass/acoustic guitar/vocals)

Slim TX (drums/piano)


"It's a record of not only beautifully executed lush timbre, it is also one of the best experiences you will have with music this year." - Absolute Punk

"...True Widow get their kicks from throwing a spanner in the works on occasion." - Pitchfork

"...True Widow has a traditional rock band makeup and uses traditional rock sounds, but it does something different in its minimalist aesthetic. The songs are a dialogue of fuzz bass and searching guitar notes with the contours barely sketched in by the drums. Minimalism packs a mean punch; True Widow gets you in the gut." - PopMatters

"...the Texas slowcore trio dedicates itself so intensely to creating suffocatingly heavy and slow-moving tracks that you wouldn't be surprised to see clouds of humidity-induced fog coming out of their headphones."


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