50 Unheralded Albums from 2011

True Widow: As High As The Highest Heavens And From The Center To The Circumference Of The EarthTrue WidowAs High as the Highest Heavens and from the Center to the Circumference of the Earth (Kemado, 3/29/11)

True Widow: “Skull Eyes”

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On its self-titled debut in 2008, True Widow turned heads with its blend of down-tuned shoe-gaze and stoner rock, somehow straddling the line between doom aesthetics and pop sensibilities.

The trio’s second album and first for Kemado, As High as the Highest Heavens…, is a new dose of drawn-out melodies, fuzzy guitars, and hypnotizing harmonies. That last aspect comes equally from guitarist DH Phillips (formerly of Slowdive) and bassist Nicole Estill, whose echoing vocals ensure that you experience the music at a comfortably slow pace.

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