14 Songs, 49 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Wytches formed in Brighton, England, in 2011 and recorded their debut album, Annabel Dream Reader, on an analog eight-track machine in just two days under the supervision of producer Bill Ryder-Jones, formerly of The Coral. The primitive garage-psych trio of guitarist Kristian Bell, bassist Dan Rumsey, and drummer Gianni Honey ensured their primitivism was maintained at all (low) costs. There's a lean, mean sound at work. A track like “Gravedweller” is kept primal by minimizing any overdubs and giving Bell’s guitar a chance to feedback and bend in the breeze. Where so many other bands build walls and walls of sounds, The Wytches get away with a sparse, airy sound that makes each member’s part easily discernible. “Fragile Male for Sale” turns out to be a pleading psych-blues piece. “Robe for Juda” cranks up the reverb. The big surprise is when they strip down for a ballad like “Summer Again,” where they let an extra guitar and keyboard (vintage organ, natch) track into the mix.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The Wytches formed in Brighton, England, in 2011 and recorded their debut album, Annabel Dream Reader, on an analog eight-track machine in just two days under the supervision of producer Bill Ryder-Jones, formerly of The Coral. The primitive garage-psych trio of guitarist Kristian Bell, bassist Dan Rumsey, and drummer Gianni Honey ensured their primitivism was maintained at all (low) costs. There's a lean, mean sound at work. A track like “Gravedweller” is kept primal by minimizing any overdubs and giving Bell’s guitar a chance to feedback and bend in the breeze. Where so many other bands build walls and walls of sounds, The Wytches get away with a sparse, airy sound that makes each member’s part easily discernible. “Fragile Male for Sale” turns out to be a pleading psych-blues piece. “Robe for Juda” cranks up the reverb. The big surprise is when they strip down for a ballad like “Summer Again,” where they let an extra guitar and keyboard (vintage organ, natch) track into the mix.

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Ratings and Reviews

4.7 out of 5
27 Ratings

27 Ratings

HornsOnMyHead ,

Deserves To Be Featured In A Tarantino Film!

This album just has that awesome raw sound. Dark riffs, heavy drums, White Stripes-esque vocals all mixed with psychedelic rock. What more could anyone want? There are several songs on here that sound like they could’ve been in the movie Pulp Fiction back in the day.

Amazing.

brudy ,

surfy, dark psych rock metal

A melange of awesomeness - kind of dark cavernous guitars, songs with lots of space that gives everything room to breathe and just a great vibe with tons of dynamics. A mix of surf, garage, psych, and even a little metal at times. Very cool record.

G-cizzle ,

Very impressive debut album.

This is a very solid rock album. These guys sound like veterans but are really young. I'd recommend this album to anyone. Great songwriting, great playing. It just plain rocks. Buy this album.

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