Not to be confused with popular rock group All Them Witches (please note the all important 'of'), All Of Them Witches play the sort of spooky cinematic synth that is currently in vogue thanks to the resurgence in interest of the work of John Carpenter. These creeping, slippery pieces have a chilling atmosphere that suggests it's probably not a good idea to listen whilst alone sat night.
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8/10 Jamie Staff review, 08 March 2017
In the description, Clint introduces this record with the caveat, ‘probably not a good idea to listen while sitting alone at night’. But I dunno, these (Carpenter-esque) synths sound… almost… jolly to me. If a little underwater-y. Yes. Balmy, aquatic sounds from the many synth pads in the arsenal of All Of Them Witches. ‘The Hunt’ is all chasing bleeps set to a disco beat which could have soundtracked a car racing video game in the ‘80s, while ‘Music Box’ has the sparsely twinkling playfulness of an Isan track.
That’s not to say there aren’t some spookier moments… ‘Devil’s Pepper’ has the sparkling synths dialled back a notch or two, against some dark and brooding chords. The closing track on side A builds up to the kind of crescendo you’d more closely associate with a horror flick. On t’other side, the mini synth melodies of ‘We Drift’ entwine to evoke a ‘Stranger Things’ atmosphere. The chords spread out to more widescreen effect on ‘Conjuring’ and come over all Vangelis on ‘Hungry Shadows’, the latter coming complete with ploddingly rhythmic bass synth. The penultimate track ‘Beckon’ sounds like the Witches have just completed a Miami Vice marathon; don’t go into that cave on your own, Crockett! Oh too late. To finish, there are the spooky noises of ‘Helena Markos’.
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