The band formed in Brooklyn in 2010 by Tacoma, Washington natives Molly Hamilton and her friend Michael Stasiak, whom have known each other since they were teenagers. The pair met with guitarist Robert Earl Thomas and began practicing together. The band released their debut album, Widowspeak in August 2011 to critical acclaim. The single “Harsh Realm” was featured in an episode of the television series American Horror Story. In 2012, the band recruited bassist Pamela Garabano-Coolbaugh for their subsequent tours.After touring extensively for the first album, Stasiak and Garabano-Coolbaugh left the band. At the beginning of 2012, Widowspeak began to work on their second full length album, Almanac. Almanac was recorded by producer Kevin McMahon, who has also produced for Swans and Real Estate. The recording sessions took place in a century-old barn in the Hudson River Valley late in the summer of 2012.