YOUNG WIDOWS play the Garrison on May 12. See listing. Rating: NNNN
In the past, there was one thing you could count on from Young Widows: pure, unadulterated volume. On their third LP, the Louisville post-hardcore trio dial back some of the noise, letting their minimalist drum-bass-guitar set-up stretch out into the newfound spaciousness.
For some bands, that would be called “giving the songs breathing space.” For Young Widows it translates into an uneasy tension that barely lets up throughout the album’s 48 minutes. As dissonant guitars punctuate plodding drum and bass lines, and as Evan Patterson’s eerily flat sing-speak vocals ride along, you actually have to remind yourself to breathe.
The songs feel like they’re building up to something, but aside from the pummelling Future Heart, the one throwback to their former style, that release never comes. It’s a remarkably controlled album that reveals layers of texture with every listen.
Top track: Lean On The Ghost