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Neon Remembers: Witch House

Ah W I ??H H ? U $ E. Sweet, simple witch house. This genre holds a very rspecial place in my heart, the very thought of it takes me back to a rsimpler time (2010) when I was first really beginning to realize the wealth rof strange and wonderful music the internet had to offer. The early days rof Odd Future tapes and ASAP Rocky videos and Robb Bank$' pre-"thug" rphase. I would sit for hours watching blogs and music sites, eager to hop ron the newest, freshest sounds. Somehow, some way, I happened upon rsomething strange, something different. There were only a few blog rposts around at the time that spoke of this "drag" (or "rapegaze," or rmost commonly "witch house") music, some of them devoted to rpromoting the growing herd of artists within it's scope, and some rdecrying it as derivative, offensive, misogynistic, racist, etc... All I knew rwas that I adored the sounds I was hearing. It was unlike anything I had rever heard before. Although I could identify certain sounds I had heard in rother music, all together it was something exciting and new. Witch house rhelped to expand my taste in music, clothing, and culture, introducing me rto juke, more southern rap/chopped and screwed music and culture, and reven neo-folk. It also led me to streetwear through the brand Actual rPain. All in all, for such a (at times) silly genre, Witch House profoundly rinfluenced a lot of my tendencies at a pivotal point in my life, and I can't rsay if I would be as well rounded as I like to think I am today without it. rWeird, but I guess that's how music works sometimes. List is standout rreleases from the genre.
1Salem (US)
King Night

My introduction to witch house. Still one of the most entertaining and original
electronic albums I've ever heard, I don't know if I'll ever grow tired of it.
2Mater Suspiria Vision
Second Coming

Probably the most abstract and artistic of all witch house groups. Definitely the
most "witchy." Everything they do comes off as very genuine, which makes the
creepy factor much more effective. Great music as well, leaning more towards the
ambient side of things.
3White Ring
Black Earth That Made Me

Extremely straightforward, archetypal witch house. Haunting and ghostlike, filled
with washed out vocals, overdriven synth, skittering snares, and the occasional
gunshot, this was a fantastic release. lxc999 was always a favorite of mine, those
vocals will fuck with you, no bullshit.

One of the less witchy groups in the early witch house scene. This album was full
of lo-fi, downtrodden R&B funkiness. Not pure witch house, but definitely came in
with that wave and borrowed from the aesthetic. That cover always kinda freaked
me out when it would pop up on shuffle. Fucking ghost lady.
Ghetto Ass Witch

Decent album, but has always represented the really cheesy side of witch house to
me. All symbols and vaguely esoteric/ghetto language, not a lot of heart in it. Still
an important piece of the scene, just not one I'm very happy about. Fantastic
album cover though.
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