I’ve honestly yet begun to seriously compile and update a list of the best songs I’ve heard so far this year. I know it’s fucking March! I still feel like I’m in a contemplative state, maybe a hang up of some of the great music I’m still listening to from last year and maybe even further back, hence why LA Witch has found its way back on to my stereo this week.
I became a slave to LA Witch and their seductive self-titled debut album almost eighteen months ago. Tracks like Untitled and Get Lost seriously ooze with ‘reverb-drenched guitar jangles’ that when played loud enough truly exasperate the tinnitus in my ears. That said, I wouldn’t have it any other way. Importantly, LA Witch’s harsh and jarring sound is without a doubt wholly complimented by frontwoman, Sade Sanchez’s haunting vocals, especially on Drive Your Car. In my minds eye, I can honestly see this song ending up on a Quentin Tarantino soundtrack!
Interestingly, back in late 2017 on the eve of their Australian shows, I asked Sade, in my interview with her and the band, to explain to me a little more about how she uses her voice to create that reverb sound. This is what she said: “I’d say it’s vice versa: the reverb is what helps me use my voice. I see my voice the same way I see my guitar. I wouldn’t really wanna play my guitar dry. I wanna plug it in and play with effects, textures and tones. That’s the same thing I wanna do with my voice.”
And with that quite simple explanation it’s so easy to appreciate the peculiar sounds and vocal styling of Drive Your Car, definitely one of my favourite tracks of 2017. Enjoy!