L.A. Witch follow up on their striking debut album with a sharp little EP, with five tracks jammed through within fifteen minutes. The material here on Octubre is taken from the band’s early days, but re-envisioned with a darker, more unusual flavour. The results are great, dripping with hazy L.A. atmosphere. On Suicide Squeeze.
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Octubre is a five-song EP by LA-based band LA Witch. After releasing their debut album in 2017, the band decided it was time to revisit songs written earlier in the band’s career. While many current psych rock acts look to the sun-kissed melodies and blissful, hippie mentality that came out of San Francisco, specifically Haight-Ashbury, in the 1960s, there are some that focus on the flipside of this: the inevitable comedown from the trip and the horrors it can bring.
Octubre is an EP that hints at this dark underbelly of America. Take the song-title ‘Heart of Darkness’, which is almost certainly a reference to the title of Joseph Conrad’s infamous work that discusses the cost of enterprise and man’s capacity for cruelty. LA Witch have transposed this idea from the Congo to the reflect the America of today, signalling a band looking to the future rather than the past. ‘Heart of Darkness’ is the slowest, quietest, and mournful song on Octubre and yet still manages to be the most menacing; it’s a style that I’d love to hear explored more on upcoming work. ‘Outro’ too has this quality, and it works perfectly as the EP’s closer.
Octubre is a worthwhile revisit of LA Witch’s previous song ideas that signals a heady brew of psych, acid, and garage rock.
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