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      CommentAuthorwarrenellis
    • CommentTimeJul 13th 2010 edited
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    Witch House: A floating point between glo-fi, goth, post-punk, library music hauntology, drone, doom ambient and a spooky pouch of other things. And bad Italian horror movies, apparently.

    Ghost Trance, maybe. Heh. Have a listen. I must admit, I’m liking some of this, in a troubling reminiscent-of-youth way:



    I picked up the White Ring/oOoOO split 7? as a download the other month. They’ve been ringfenced by some commentators as part of this whole thing. As have a band evidently called †‡†, who I may rename “Twats” as it turns out “†‡†” is unsearchable nonsense on the internet. Several of these bands are big on using symbols as part or all of their names, which seems to just confuse the fuck out of Google.



    These people like their crosses. Like Gr†ll Gr†ll.


    †‡† appear to live at this MySpace page -- because †‡† is of course unsearchable and generally not terribly handy for this internet lark, they use the ID "rrritualzzz" on MySpace.


    It occurred to me last night that having a name that Google can’t process well might actually be entirely deliberate. On the internet, there is no real underground anymore. So if you wanted to create an underground for yourself, the first thing you might do is generate a sort of lexical darknet by using keyterms search engines can’t parse.


    Which is actually pretty clever.




    "Witch House," however, will throw up lots of stuff on Google. Give it a try. (The witch house group at last.fm is locked, by the way, you have to request to join)

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    there are a few blogs that you can find things on, however, after much listening, my main gripe is the lack of quality control.
    some tracks do sound like they've been composed, recorded and uploaded within a 20 minute time frame.
    wading deep, there are many gems to be found
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    Well, it's basically the new iteration of bedroom pop, I think, and so some "bands" are throwing pieces on YouTube as soon as they're done.

    There aren't yet that many bands in the form like Salem, for instance:

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    The once great blog known as ButterXGirls which is now WWWIDOWWWWS (and still great) had an excellent post a while back about it and I did appreciate some small charms from Salem and Balam Acab as being interesting...

    We'll see...
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeJul 13th 2010
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    I would say that †‡† and Salem are probably the best of the ones around at the moment.....

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    It occurred to me last night that having a name that Google can’t process well might actually be entirely deliberate. On the internet, there is no real underground anymore. So if you wanted to create an underground for yourself, the first thing you might do is generate a sort of lexical darknet by using keyterms search engines can’t parse.


    For me this ties in neatly with Oddcult's Where's the weird gone? thread.

    But by deliberately excluding themselves from Google, they're creating an artificial scarcity of information, which could be a little contrived (along with the fact that the last.fm group is locked/invite only).

    It'll be interesting to see whether this approach is in order to prevent (or at least delay) absorption by the monoculture, or just a canny marketing campaign (like Google's invite-only beta versions, where a scarcity is artificially manufactured in order to create a buzz). Or maybe they just like weird symbols - quite possible when there's a generation of kids with MySpace names like ~<~caos~heart~>~
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeJul 13th 2010
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    I'm not sure why, but when something about this came up on the web site the other day, my first thought was "Witch house needs an in-house photographer." Every movement needs good propaganda, even if it's secret propaganda.

    deliberately excluding themselves from Google, they're creating an artificial scarcity of information, which could be a little contrived (along with the fact that the last.fm group is locked/invite only)
    This will, I feel, be immediately familiar to anyone who's had dealings with any informal group composed of teenage girls.
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      CommentAuthorremotepush
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2010
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    listened to the mix warren linked to on tumblr last night, really enjoying this at the moment.
    it really does remind me of some kind of murky-proto industrial, strange ambiguous bands who released on tapes and CD-Rs and you were lucky to be able to get your hands on 1 of their 100 edition print runs.
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      CommentAuthorHEY APATHY!
    • CommentTimeJul 16th 2010 edited
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    Suicide Witch House is wild. Love the strange dark electro. Inspired me to listen to some Suicide again and to seek out further atrocities. (also some of those bad Italian horror films are awesome, in Phenomena the female protagonist communicates telepathically with insects to track dead bodies and the music is evil heavy)
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    can't type triangles or squiggles ? try here
    • CommentAuthoricelandbob
    • CommentTimeAug 12th 2010
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    well the mainstream media have finally caught onto it... if only because of MiA titling her album /\/\/\Y/\.

    the Guardian: Meet the bands whose /\/ /\ /\/\ € $ are made out of $¥ /\/\ ß 0 \ $

    It starts off speaking to the likes of /\ but then mislabels Mater Suspiria Vision as Mater Suspiria Cult. Oh well...
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      CommentAuthorStoto
    • CommentTimeAug 17th 2010
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    Someone has tagged their old tape experiments as Witch House on archive.org. Worth a listen.
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    Wow. This was the first I heard of this stuff. Love it like an addict now. Thanks.
    • CommentAuthor256
    • CommentTimeAug 20th 2010 edited
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    Just listened to the first Mater Suspiria Vision track that The Big W posted again, this time with Misty Mountain Hop (not one of my favourite Led Zep tracks) playing at the same time at ~50% volume. A very odd & affecting experience - although admittedly possibly related to a number of other factors.

    It's one way to spend your Friday night, anyway.
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      CommentAuthorShawn
    • CommentTimeAug 21st 2010
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    The embedding for the following Salem track has been disabled, so I'll post the link below. This is one of the creepiest videos I've ever seen. The video itself seems to have strange properties. I first found it probably two years ago. I forgot about it, then when I went to find it again it was gone. Then it came back. Then it was gone. And I mean, nowhere. For a while I couldn't even find Salem on youtube, all references to the band name going straight to another band with the same name, a black metal somethingorother from, I think, Israel, whose video was removed because apparently it contained real footage of death. Not wanting to go anywhere near that I again forgot the band, and now here it is. It's probably just my youtube ineptitude, but the mulder in me says maybe this is more forced scarcity.

    Witch House is pretty damn cool.
    Link:

    Salem: dirt
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    @ Shawn -Dirt is creepy wicked, long time fan of evil synthesizers ( and bad italian horror) but just discovered this stuff here and have since become felt a crawling obsession and possession with the WitchHouse.
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      CommentAuthortexture
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2011
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    I made a Witch House mix, not sure if I got the genre *exactly* right but there's some nice stuff in there by oOoOO, Story of Isaac, RAW MOANS and a classic by Glass Candy. Enjoy.
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      CommentAuthornigredo
    • CommentTimeJan 16th 2011 edited
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    Latest from ENSEMBLE ECONOMIQUE. Pretty damn good:

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    I'm 2 mins in, and this isn't remotely witch housey, Nigredo -- but it's very nice...