Widowspeak have dropped their title track from their upcoming album Plum, to be released August 28 via Captured Tracks. Title track Plum is their most recent release, before the album is available later in the month. The Fountain caught up with the band to discuss their previous release Money as well as the album.

TF: You have a new single out, what has the reception been like to Money?

I think good? I mean where we are at least, we released it on a primary day in an election year during protests and a pandemic, so we’re also totally okay with music being not really… the focus right now.  But it feels like people like it, and it will maybe keep finding ears over the next weeks or months. 

TF: What is your plan for the remainder of the year?

We are currently looking for normal jobs, as it’s sort of unclear when (if) touring will resume. Rob does woodworking, and I was working in service and some design freelancing but it’s less clear what I’m going to be doing now.  We weren’t really touring the last three years, so that’s not really new, except that we’d both lost employment because of covid-19. So just kind of trying to figure out our next moves.  We are writing songs, still, for whatever future moment when all this becomes more viable. 

TF: What can we look forward to from Plum?

I think Plum is a record that sonically is comfortable and laid-back, at least compared to our last record. We wanted it to have a good feeling, be more present than elusive. Lyrically, most of the songs are about processing how fast the world is changing and being unsure of how to proceed. Some of that is maybe just growing up and realising that it’s not always clear what your “purpose” is, or having existential angst but recognising that doesn’t really go away. Plum as a whole is I think more like a conversation than being on a soapbox, at least that was the intention.

TF: What was it like, working with Sam Evian and Ali Chant?

We recorded at Sam’s studio in the Catskills, and it was a very calm and peaceful place. I think that definitely permeated how the recordings came out; he has great intuition and taste and general approach, so we are grateful for his expertise. And although Ali was working remotely (he mixed it from the UK while we were in the US), it was a great fit and we love what he did with the songs.