The EP The Witches by Deaf Yeti plays with darkness and fills you with swirling seduction. The group is lead by a female vocalist, providing a silky voice that feels like crushed red velvet, cushioning the otherwise hard emotion of the album. The first song “Witches “ has a feeling of paganism with references to earth and sky, and the pure connection to all of it.
It embodies a rawness of being naked and feeling the pulse of the planet, always bringing it back to the “ cool green ground.” The song starts with a slow moving introduction, quickly escalating into a Yeah Yeah Yeah’s like punk feel. Tightened drum and guitar pairings, this song feels more like a ballad than a confession. The guitar is full bodied, sexy, and succinct.
Next up comes my favorite song on the EP “Indian/Hotel.” This song is laced with untamed guitar riffs and earth shattering cymbal use, giving the listener a feeling of transparent vulnerability. Lyrics such as, “Teaching the heathen how to be behave,” “ Healing Ice Age Heat Wave,” and “Bandaging the alley murder,” all hint toward a taming of the wounded side of us, or the unruly piece of us that is the darkness.
Accompanied by haunting guitar and tribal drums, “Indian/Hotel” gives an uncanny, unsettling emotion. This song embodies what it is like to have the vulnerability of a child, and simultaneously the unrelenting will to protect that softness in a harsh world in order to survive. It is both soft and hard at the same time, dark and light.
Moving onto “Albino,” the song references summer and the sexual prowess that is spurred from it. “In the summer, in the shade,” “In the summer, in the dusk,” and “In the summer, in the night,” all speak of the fact that despite the fact that it is sunny and summer, the two bodies still find shadow to make love in. Because albino people are told to steer clear of the sun, we as listeners can make sense to why they seek shade. But less literally, this song on the EP brings back that seductive energy that is contained within our darkness - the primal human desire to devour those they have sexual chemistry with.
This song celebrates the inability to constrain. Often we have to suppress and tame that primal force in order to appear to be civilized in society. "Albino" is animalistic, and therefore references such comparisons, as “I like your lemur, your polecat, your mean dog, your vulture.” Driving drums and guitar offer the listener an emotion of a strong libido and an unwavering sense of affection.
Overall, The Witches EP cuts deep and allows the listener to explore the untamed territory that contains our pure, raw, animalistic humanness. It dances in the shadows, and nurtures our untamed darkness. Living in a time where everyone is trying to push that side down and only show our light cheeriness, I think the piece is revolutionary in its content and its drive to let the wild things lay and roam free.
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