The echoes of the past always come back to haunt us, whether we want it or not. The same can be said about sounds and sights. In the case of Widowspeak, the seedy sounds of late 60s psychedelia ooze through the air in their new, self-titled release.

The dreamy voice of Molly Hamilton is like a lonely ghost roaming the haunted floors of long abandoned dive bars. There is a sense of longing on her delivery, yearning for a time long gone while still yearning about a better tomorrow. The music enhances her vocals completely, adding a very enjoyable atmosphere.

Although there will be comparisons with previous bands doing slow ditties with dreamy female vocals (see Mazzy Star, Trespassers William, Lisa Dewey), there is little similarity to other groups, as Widowspeak does stand on their own proud feet. Widowspeak starts as a very bleak album. The first four songs do feel like a gloomy trip through the old streets of a forgotten town. 'Nightcrawlers' is a very seedy tune and 'Harsh realm' floats and veers into rarified layers of hazy rooms.

Whereas most of the songs go for the slow drumming groove, there's this moment where it's all guitar, vocals and a haunting sustained note that eerily seeps through the speakers. The song is called 'Limbs' and it's a milepost: the moment where the album seems to be turning from a bleaker note into a more optimistic note.

This certainly applies to 'Hard times', with its pounding drumming and with 'Fir Coat', where Widowspeak indulge into some indie pace, just to shake the tree you were resting on, hopefully having fun watching you tumble down.

There is a return to the smouldering sound from the first tracks on the album closer, 'Ghost Boy'. Like a coda to the previous ideas, it is a sombre note to end the album but it reaffirms the sounds that Widowspeak seems to be taking as a signature.

Widowspeak's self-titled is a very atmospheric album filled with easy going songs that manage to get some excellent, mesmerising solos coupled with a steady, firm beat and a voice out of a beautiful dream (or a particularly memorable nightmare). Not an extremely noisy album, it does more than make the lack of distortion for a full range of emotions on display (with a some reverb to give it more panache).