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Grass Widow
Internal Logic - HLR
FILTER Grade: 85%

By Marty Sartini Garner on May 29, 2012


Grass Widow

Though the Bay Area post-punks probably won’t like hearing it, the triple-stranded harmonies of Grass Widow’s Hannah Lew, Raven Mahon and Lillian Maring owe just as much to their regional forebears in CSNY as they do to their spiritual forebears in The Raincoats. The trio twine their voices around one another, threading their way through skeletal rhythms and barely distorted guitars, the sonic equivalent of a scarlet ribbon caught in a winter tree. And while the dotty cant of Mahon’s guitar playing skews in Sleater-Kinney’s direction, Internal Logic is largely an exhibition of the dramatic power of restraint; despite the raucous opening bars of “Spock on Muni,” the punkish propulsion of the album is implied more frequently than it is stated directly, with the rhythms snapping into place while those three voices diffuse overhead. 

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