Texas' trio True Widow
blended the idioms of post-rock, shoegaze and slocore on
True Widow (End Sounds, 2008).
Most of the album consists of litanies sung in a moribund tone.
Songs like AKA, Sunday Driver
and Bleeder (sung by Nicole Estill)
have a quality that is highly hypnotic and almost stoned, like a slow-motion remix of a
Neil Young jam.
This style reaches a peak of pathos with the
martial and funereal tempo of Corpse Master.
They bring out the melodramatic riffs that have been so far smothered
in the nine-minute closer, K.R.,
Occasionally, the idea moves closer to
R.E.M.'s existential ballads (Flat Black)
and occasionally it degenerates into
John Lennon-ian languor ((i>All You Need).
They actually fare better with the
slightly more upbeat and romantic Duelist (driven by dual male-female
The male/female harmonies of guitarist Dan Phillips and bassist Nicole Estill
yielded more emotional results on
As High As The Highest Heavens And From The Center To The Circumference Of The Earth (Kemado, 2011), whose
Jackyl and Skull Eyes revisited
dream-pop and shoegaze
(with "NH" and "Boaz" leaning on the stoner-side of things),
nine-minute slocore dirge Doomseer drifted towards psychedelic anemia.
The idea of dreamy slow-motion stoner and grunge fare was pure genius,
packaging two iconic styles of the 1990s into one simple product for the
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