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WITCH HAVS Explores A Pre-Solidified Genre

Recently, I was asked to provide my knowledge on witch house (and other Internet-sprung music genres) for an interview. When I reflected on the whole thing, I started to remember how neat it all was back in the days, before it became clouded with self-awareness and trendiness. I started to think about how it got re-re-re-appropriated, and how it could mean stuff like the below, and stuff like Nike7up or this essential Alicia Keys remix. This 2009 compilation from back then (made by myself, mostly from Youtube and Myspace rips) reflects the sub-genre’s eclecticism.

It’s interesting to look back and see what was. Perhaps this comp is not all “proper” witch house; a lot of it is drone, folk or post-punk-related, but at the time it was a more open idea—in any case, I liked the idea of new music with a central theme evocative of magick or the occult. It’s all good stuff, whatever you want to call it.

Download the entire thing here!

1. Bipolar Bear – Goth Time Rag
2. Blank Dogs – Ages Ago 
3. Ga’an – Vultures Of The Horn
4. Knit Witch – Making The Nature Scene
5. Metallic Falcons – Desert Cathedral
6. The Skein – Orlando In Bayonne 
7. Terror Bird – Shadows in the Halls
8. Zola Jesus – Sink The Dynasty
9. CANT – Ghosts
10. City Center – This Is How We See In The Dark (First Version)
11. Clapsclap – Taste of being 
12. Cough Cool – Flower Reading
13. De Babz – OuOp
14. Dead Gaze – I’m a Mess When You Are Gone
15. Extacy – Treeofdead
16. Gatekeeper – Slow Walk
17. Irene Moon – Go Away Dreadful Creature
18. Modern Witch – In Your Eyes
19. OoOOO – Mumbai
20. Peaking Lights – In This Haunted Winter Syrup
21. Pink Priest – Wolf Cub Or Witch Hunt
22. The Procedure Club – Dead Rocks
23. S U R V I V E – Holographic Landscape
24. Salem – Skullcrush
25. Screen Gems – Wandering Soul
26. Spectrals – Rot With Me
27. TEARIST – 1963 (Rough)
28. Von Haze – Sooner or Later
29. Gary War – Highspeed Drift
30. Pocahaunted – Ashes Is White
31. Apartment Play – Crash Scene
32. Girls Of The Gravitron – When I’m Dead
33. Haunted Fucking – I’m Feeling Outta Control
34. Winter Drones – Winnie Cooper’s Bones
35. Child Bride – Rabbit Moon
36. The Skaters – Wind Drapeing Incense Part VI
37. Tonstartssbandht – Black Country (Demo)
38. Blood Stereo – The Mess

Published November 10, 2014. Words by Daniel Jones.