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First Listen: True Widow, 'As High As The Highest Heavens...'

True Widow's As High As The Highest Heavens... will be released on March 29. Courtesy of the Artist hide caption

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True Widow's As High As The Highest Heavens... will be released on March 29.

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As pollen season begins to rear its ugly head and the allergy-ridden among us prepare to stay hermits just a few months longer after winter, simpatico musical companions are a must. It's only fitting that True Widow's second record, As High as the Highest Heavens and from the Center to the Circumference of the Earth (we'll abbreviate that title from here on), is a warming headphone album for a bleak snowfall (or a pollen-dusting), moody and dreamy chords crushed by a rumbling low-end.

The self-described "stonegaze" trio from Dallas is as hushed as it is ribcage-rattling. Imagine Low doing heavier, maybe even slower stoner-rock covers of their own songs, all that hurt with the volume turned way up. True Widow is a band that uses volume as an instrument — not for noise, not for metallic machismo, but a way to convey the weight of the world. Offset by the sleepy vocals of guitarist Dan Phillips and bassist Nicole Estill, whose steadied voice is more out of a classic '90s 4AD recording than a chunkily cooed rock album, True Widow's As High as the Highest Heavens is music for a self-induced coma.

As High as the Highest Heavens will stream here in its entirety until its release on March 29. Please leave your thoughts on the album in the comments section below.

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