Fresh off the release of their critically-acclaimed fifth album Plum, Widowspeak welcome the new year with Honeychurch, a brand new digital EP. Earlier this month, the duo released their first single, a version of Dire Straits’ ‘Romeo and Juliet,’ that Stereogum called a “hazy rendition” and BrooklynVegan noted “Widowspeak’s signature dreamy, hushed sound is a perfect match for a song like this.“ Widowspeak’s new collection delivers homespun intimations with polished precision. The questions posed on Plum still reverberate, and Honeychurch leaves space for us to hear them better.
Like the 17th-century tile on its cover, Honeychurch is a repurposed artifact. Its title, a nod to E.M. Forster’s A Room With A View, was originally a working title for Plum – an album noted and praised by Pitchfork for its “glowing synths and lyrics about labor and death” and Stereogum for the “gentle, beautiful and light as air sounds despite the weight of emotion it carries” – it felt in line with the album’s thematic considerations of class, relationships, and generational ties, but was ultimately set aside. Recorded at their apartment in Brooklyn and mixed and mastered by Jamie Harley (The Jesus and Mary Chain, Mogwai).