Lucky for me, the next day I discovered the first two Witch albums streaming in their entirety on SoundCloud. Based on my past encounters with 70s African psych rock I expected fuzzed-out guitar madness and James Brown funk stretched to trance-inducing lengths, but Witch is subtler than that. Like about a billion bands before and since, they were emulating Brian Jones-era Rolling Stones, and as with all bands devoted to that particular goal, it's the imperfections in the copy that make it interesting. Despite their badass name, Witch played relatively gently, with a restraint similar to the Zombies (who also had a badass name), but the hint of an accent in the vocals is a reminder that the music was made far from Swinging London.
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