calico noun (plural calicoes or Amer. calicos) 1 cotton cloth, especially plain white or unbleached. 2 (Amer.) printed cotton in fabric. •adjective 1 made of calico. 2 (Amer.) multicoloured.
Molly Hamilton’s textile of choice, and not only the highlight of she and Robert Earl Thomas’ forthcoming Widowspeak EP The Swamps, but arguably of their entire back catalogue thus far. For if the extended-play feels suitably titled to a degree, given the Brooklyn-based duo’s inexplicable lack of a more mainstream contemplation, then Calico may yet be that which drags them into the spotlights of widespread popularity. Its rhythms snappy and guitars unprecedentedly tangy, Hamilton sighs nonchalantly of a sightly pile, “though the yard was overgrown/ And your shirts were all tailored/ And my dresses were all calico.” Indeed, quite how well the slightly dirtied virginal white in which she’s so often swathed would cope in muddy sludge remains up for debate, although the song itself resonates with a sparkling crystallinity to suggest that Molly and Robert may be about to emerge from the wilds of the left-field to immerse themselves in greater successes still.
The Swamps is expected October 28th on Captured Tracks.