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The Wytches welcome return is rife with mesmeric dark riffs

"Three Mile Ditch"

Release date: 02 October 2020
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29 September 2020, 07:45 Written by Susan Hansen
Psychedelic alt-rockers The Wytches have never shied away from showing their true colours, even if this meant not being part of the mainstream. The pursuit and delivery of art have always been at the heart of the band’s musical activity.

Following on from what no doubt must have been a period of deep turmoil and uncertainty where they questioned everything, the group were forced to consider their own creativity and meaning.

“We've come back feeling re-energised and rejuvenated,” announces frontman Kristian Bell. “For a period I was losing interest. We were going through the motions but now things feel right again, the songs have a real sense of purpose.”

Sounding majestic and strong, the compelling new collection of songs on their third studio album signify a crisp, novel chapter in their careers. It carries a feeling of vibrancy where raw and absorbing guitar sounds unfold in mesmeric layers.

The familiar, yet distinct, seamless flow of dark riffs, explosive instants of noise and classic songwriting elements create the uniqueness. At times echoing some of Bell’s own heroes Bob Dylan, Elliott Smith and Alex Chilton of Big Star, the inspiration is traceable throughout.

Album opener, the slow-paced, concentrated energy of “Cowboy” offers experimental psychedelia, while the melodious title track allows darkness and heavier sound vibes to shine through. The folky, acoustic set up of “Midnight Ride” builds quietly with lucid guitar playing and softly whispered vocals, providing an impressive moment.

Elsewhere, songs such as the melodic, snarling sentiment of “A Love You’ll Never Know” and the heavy riffs, intensity and volume demonstrated on “Everyone’s Friend” represent standalone moments, while the aggressive atmospherics of “Meat Chuck” adds fuel with its hard waves of potency. The hazy shoegaze injection on “White Cliffs” gives this record a tranquil, mellow sentiment adding a balance.

Marking a special return, The Wytches’ jet black soundscapes have no doubt been missed. Three Mile Ditch is raw and absorbing, and it deserves our full attention.

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