Widowspeak’s Latest Single ‘When I Tried’ Is A Gorgeous Sonic Overlap

Widowspeak’s Latest Single ‘When I Tried’ Is A Gorgeous Sonic Overlap

Widowspeak’s Latest Single ‘When I Tried’ Is A Gorgeous Sonic Overlap


The New York-based indie outfit Widowspeak is releasing a new record titled, Expect the Best, August 25 via Captured Tracks.

Just this June the band shared a video for its first single, “Dog.” Speaking with NPR on the song, frontwoman Molly Hamilton explained it as,  “the compulsion to move on from things and places, even people, when you’re not necessarily ready to. Sometimes, I get caught up in ‘the grass is always greener’ mentalities, or cling to an idea that ‘I’d be happy if…’ and then make a drastic change. Then, inevitably, I feel restless a few months later and it starts again.”

She continued, “It also addresses how I look at social media, I think it will help me feel connected to people I used to see more, but I end up feeling lonelier, like I’m missing out on a sense of contentedness that comes with staying put or at least committing to a particular direction. So it’s not literally about my dog so much as the way a dog might think about its home — not overthinking the next move, geographic or mental.”

Recently, August 4, the band shared another new song off the forthcoming album. A shoegaze influenced psych-rock track entitled “When I Tried,” wherein frontwoman Molly Hamilton echoes Hope Sandoval-reminiscent vocals, evidently drawing on Mazzy Star’s sound across the track.

A press release on the group’s sound moving forward read,

 “Sonically, they exist somewhere in the overlap between somber indie rock, dream pop, slow-core, and their own invented genre, ‘cowboy grunge.”

Expect the Best is the band’s follow-up album to 2015’s All Yours out August 25 via Captured Tracks. Listen to the latest single “When I Tried,” or check out tour dates and more below.




1. “The Dream”
2. “When I Tried”
3. “Dog”
4. “Warmer”
5. “Good Sport”
6. “Let Me”
7. “Right On”
8. “Expect the Best”
9. “Fly on the Wall”


September 8 – Boston, MA @ Great Scott
September 9 – Burlington, VT @ ArtsRiot
September 11 – Toronto, ON @ Garrison
September 12 – Detroit, MI @ El Club
September 13 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
September 15 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th St. Entry
September 16 – Madison, WI @ High Noon
September 17 – Des Moines, IA @ Des Moines Social Club
September 19 – Denver, CO @ Hi Dive
September 20 – Salt Lake City, UT @ Urban Lounge
September 21 – Boise, ID @ Neurolux
September 22 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
September 23 – Seattle, WA @ Barboza
September 24 – Vancouver, BC @ Biltmore Cabaret
September 26 – San Francisco, CA @ Swedish American Hall
September 27 – Visalia, CA @ Cellar Door
September 28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Pico Union
September 29 – San Diego, CA @ The Hideout
September 30 – Phoenix, AZ @ Rebel Lounge
October 1 – Santa Fe, NM @ Meow Wolf
October 3 – Austin, TX @ Sidewinder
October 4 – New Orleans, LA @ Gasa Gasa
October 5 – Birmingham, AL @ Syndicate Lounge
October 6 – Nashville, TN @ The High Watt
October 7 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade
October 8 – Asheville, NC @ The Mothlight
October 10 – Washington, DC @ DC9
October 11 – Philadelphia, PA @ Boot and Saddle
October 12 – Kingston, NY @ BSP Kingston
October 13 – Brooklyn, NY @ Rough Trade


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Grace Fleisher Former Managing Editor