Boomkat Product Review:
San Francisco band Grass Widow start their second album, Past Time with a languid, vaguely Eastern sounding guitar lick, but after thirty seconds or so this proves to be a bit of a red herring. In no time, 'Uncertain Memory' kicks in properly and this all-girl trio are firing on all conceivable cylinders - rattling through fast-picked, interlocking guitar and bass lead lines while drummer Lillian Marling throws down some edgy, elaborately constructed rhythms. Aesthetically, Grass Widow are bound to court comparisons to the heroines of the Riot Grrrl movement and their post-punk predecessors like LiLiPUT/Kleenex and The Raincoats - the latter band seeming especially pertinent given the unexpected use of strings during 'Uncertain Memory' and 'Give Me Shapes' - but over the course of this zippy twenty-seven minute album Grass Widow really sound like their own band. The album's three-part vocal harmonies prove especially addictive, and despite the often jagged and restless instrumentation this trio consistently prove their collective ability to construct a memorable and original tune.