L.A. Witch's sound transports you back to those warm Californian nights in dimply lit interiors of small nightclubs, where the stale smell of cigarettes and spilled beer are forgotten amongst the distortion and jangle of a band playing to a small crowd.
The band has an innate ability to conjure a specific time and place through their sound. On their eponymous debut album, L.A. Witch’s reverb-drenched guitar and sultry vocals conjure the analog sound of a collector’s prized 45 from some short-lived footnote cult band. The melodies forgo bubblegum pop for a druggy haze that straddles the line between seedy glory and ominous balladry; the production can’t afford Phil Spector’s wall-of-sound, but the instruments’ simple beauty provides an economic grace that renders studio trickery unnecessary.
This isn’t music for the masses; it’s music for miscreants, burnouts, down-and-out dreamers, and obsessive historians. Listen to the band's second single - "Baby in Blue Jeans" - off their upcoming debut self-titled album, below.