Photo: Tonje Thilesen

Widowspeak find satisfaction in day-to-day existence on the gliding “While You Wait”

Following on from the delightful “Everything Is Simple” released earlier this month, Widowspeak have gifted us another glimpse of their forthcoming album with a new song called “While You Wait”. They reveal:

“The song itself is maybe one of the more narrative remnants from when the album might have been a true concept record; it’s sort of the opening credits scene, when the main character is going to their job and seeing the shift change of the city in the very early morning. Then in the second verse, they are leaving work and seeing nightlife start up again.  Those simultaneous experiences are like cities within a city; there’s always someone ending their day as someone else’s is starting.  It’s also about the day-to-day work that supports more creative pursuits, and how when that’s out of balance it can feel like you are on the outside looking in.” 

Gliding in on a cloud of synthesized flutes, “While You Wait” immediately puts you in a calm, cool mindset – that feeling of waking up to a new day, ready to do whatever needs to be done, even if it’s not too exciting. Widowspeak maintain this equanimous atmosphere through the song, Molly Hamilton musing on “plain days overwhelmed by dreams” while she gets on with whatever work is at hand. The song drifts on and Widowspeak take us to the end of the work day, heading home again, nothing much changed, little gained – just another rotation of the Earth and the satisfaction of knowing that you made your own small contribution to keeping the world around you moving. It’s a joyously small, simple but warming feeling.

Check out the video for “While You Wait” below or listen to it on streaming platforms.

Widowspeak’s new album The Jacket will be out on March 11 through Captured Tracks. Find the band on Bandcamp, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.