Take a Drive Through The Land of The Riff !
How is the sound ?
A fitting follow-up to their 2013 EP Wolves Waiting, Witchboro is a consistent, yet eclectic showcase of a spectrum of heavier genres, spanning from the likes of Boris to that of Earth and Kyuss with a little bit of Mudhoney or Bikini Kill-style grunge thrown into the pile. That being said, this album is not saturated, contrived, or overdone – it achieves a graceful balance, with Elena Garcia’s vocals remaining strong throughout and a strong groove from the rhythm section underneath. Listen to this album all the way through.
I’ll admit it right away, I’m a sucker for a big openings and Rosy Finch’s Witchboro did not disappoint. “Ursula” immediately pulls you into the album, exploding with fuzz and lighting the bong for you. This vibe continues through the first four tracks, but “Polvo Zombi” marks a turning point in the album to match the introspective come down from the doses early in the album. Because of the different genres that this album exhibits, it has this way of laying a fuzzy, spacey blanket over you, fastening your seatbelt, and driving you across the deserts of northern Spain on a clear, starry night. The back half of the album is spacey and hypnotic but by no means are these “filler” tracks.
Though in the track listing, the bonus tracks don’t really seem to be justified as “bonuses”, they add an auxiliary wing to the album that answers well to the longing feeling left after “Daphne VS Apollo”. “Gmork” has a nice, spacey groove that settles you in while Garcia’s vocals take you on a sonic journey in your head. “Metamorphosis” brings the album home in a nice way, but damn, it still leaves the listener wanting more.
Why is this album worth listening ?
- You can press play and not want to skip a track.
- This album offers a well-crafted survey of heavier and stoner genres.
- A great album for head-bobbing. Hypnotic but not dull at any moment.
In what situation you should listen to this album ?
- Driving. Fast. If you drive stoned – though I do not endorse it – this is for you.
Something particular to note
Only 100 copies available on CD, so if you want a physical copy of this album, better get on it!
I hope Rosy Finch makes it stateside because damn, this is a sound that would sound amazing live. Go see them if you get a chance and let me know how they are.
Ursula, Polvo, Zombi, Metamorphosis
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