Haunting The Chapel

Young Widows – “Future Heart” (Stereogum Premiere)

By brandon / January 13, 2011 - 12:46 pm

It could be this morning’s KEN mode and Trap Them listening sessions talking, but pair those knockout efforts with bluesy, sludgy Louisville trio Young WidowsIn and Out of Youth and Lightness and it feels like 2011’s going to be a good year for various shades of noise rock (or old-man punk or post-noise rock or noisecore or…). For their part, Young Widows are following up 2008’s Old Wounds with a batch of their darkest, most expansive material. The nine tracks were recorded in a funeral home in their hometown and co-produced with Kevin Ratterman (known for his work with My Morning Jacket). Not sure if it’s Ratterman’s doing, but there’s a smokier, more patient, painterly, and atmospheric sound created with unexpected pacing, instrumentation, and vocal arrangements. Sometimes it’s straight-up gentle, making the eventual explosions feel huge. The aesthetic shift would work well on the same stage — or another split 7″ — with labelmates, neighbors, and pals Coliseum. You’ll get a sense of this with the swaggering “Future Heart,” though the album’s best experienced as one dynamic arc.

Young Widows – “Future Heart”

The tracklist:

01 “Young Rivers”
02 “Future Heart”
03 “In and Out of Lightness”
04 “Lean on the Ghost”
05 “The Muted Man”
06 “Right in the End”
07 “Miss Tambourine Wrist”
08 “White Golden Rings”
09 “In and Out of Youth”

In And Out Of Youth And Lightness is out 4/12 via Temporary Residence.