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plum

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golden-tinged dream-folk gently dances throughout the brooklyn duo's delightful fifth album, like dust motes in a sunbeam.
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Expect the Best

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Their usual palette of dusty guitars and angular twang are still front and centre but now with an exciting 90s homage.

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This is the sound of a band pulling at every creative thread they can find to stitch an enormous tapestry.
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Depression Cherry (2023 repress)

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burn your fire for no witness

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whilst we were mesmerised by the oldy-worldy-country-folk sound of ‘halfway home’, the follow-up makes far more of her grittier side & the resul...
The Jacket

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  1. While You Wait
  2. Everything Is Simple
  3. Salt
  4. True Blue
  5. The Jacket
  6. Unwind
  7. The Drive
  8. Slow Dance
  9. Forget It
  10. Sleeper

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The Jacket

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    Released: 11th Mar 2022

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We can feel the dirt rinsing off our skin as this beguiling beauty washes over us with its dreamy refrains & lullaby vocals; we’ll always have time for this one.



Written in the months before and after the release of their critically acclaimed fifth album Plum, The Jacket feels like a full-circle moment for the duo of singer-songwriter Molly Hamilton and guitarist Robert Earl Thomas. Thematically, it considers Plum’s broader questions about the values ascribed to one’s time and labor through the more refined lens of performance and music-making. This is due in part to the band’s recent return to New York City, the site of their own origin story, where they recorded The Jacket at the Diamond Mine with coproducer and noted Daptone Records affiliate Homer Steinweiss. Reunions always breed reflection, and Hamilton admits that much of the album’s themes are tied to formative experiences in the band’s own early years. Some songs speak to the process of moving on (“Unwind”, “Salt”), while others muse about regret (“True Blue”, “Forget It”). The album’s namesake track considers the literal and figurative costumes we dress our personalities in: imbued with meaning and sense of time and place, becoming so representative of who we think we are before they’re ultimately left behind. The symbolic spaces of work, music, nightlife are seen through the haze of recalling one’s own unknown legends. Sonically, The Jacket finds the band at their usual and best: dynamics shift seamlessly between gentle, drifting ballads and twangy jams, built up from layered guitars, dusty percussion and ambling bass lines. Elsewhere: whimsical flutes, choral textures, and basement organs. Thomas’s guitar playing is as lyrical and emotive as it’s ever been, and Hamilton’s voice: comfortable and effortless. This seamless dynamic is amplified perfectly in the mix by Chris Coady (Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Beach House). Widowspeak expertly pepper in slow-core, dream-pop, pacific northwest indie, and outlaw country, resulting in a 60s-meets-90s aesthetic. This sense of sonic nostalgia adds another layer to lyrics that reflect on old selves, invented and true. The Jacket is a wizened meditation on performance and past lives from a band who’ve seen their fair share, hitting their stride now over a decade in.