The Witch - Pumarosa

The Witch - Pumarosa

It's very rare that a band will be able to uproot such a signature sound, so early on as their debut. To hear a record that can successfully coalesce a body of peculiar soundscapes and unique textures on first pitch is a great but seldom pleasure, but with Pumarosa's debut effort, The Witch, they've quickly nailed their colours to the mast and delivered a 10-track showpiece to flaunt their musical knack.

A mix of distinct influences, from PJ Harvey, to Patti Smith and Radiohead, the "Industrial Spiritual" outfit carefully illustrate a combination of weighty emotions; the record's opening track "Dragonfly" is manifested in thoughts of shedding ones skin and devoting what's underneath, while a calculated rock-performance on the follow-up track "Honey", talks about rebelling against the establishment in pluck fashion.

"Dragonfly" video
Directed by: Holly Hunter

Feel-good vibes aren't few and far between either, despite it's more sincere moments on the opening section of the record; a personal highlight on The Witch, 2015 single "Priestess" builds a steady crescendo of bass alongside Isabel Munoz-Newsome's haunting vocal echoes, before shifting into a measured indie-rock breakdown of cyclical hi-hats and plucked notes on guitar, reminiscent of a Foals-esque, summer jam.

"Priestess" video
Directed by: Holly Hunter

On "My Gruesome Loving Friend", we get all sorts of 90's, soppy, alternative rock vibes harking back to the likes of Dinosaur Jr. and Sonic Youth; Munoz-Newsome's celestial vocals thrive and invoke out all sorts of airy, summer-time nostalgia, which the band shore up with cheery instrumentation. Especially on follower "Red", Pumarosa infuse vibrant beats with ecstasy and euphoria, proving with every snare, string and vocal note that they are a testament to the vibrant UK indie-rock scene of today.

The noir on "Hollywood" then combines brooding synths and lamented lyricism for a more mournful sentiment than the more joyful highlights on the former half of the record. Nevertheless, The Witch closes with on a brighter note with "Snake"; a track armed with plenty of spirited distortions, electronic flutters and stadium-rock bite, to culminate the record in a considered, rock and roll fashion. Debuts don't often come as spotless, youthful and resolute as this, which probably makes The Witch such an exemplar of modern day alternative/indie entries.


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