Kitchen Witch – Earth and Ether
Reviewed: October 2020
Released: 2020, Self Released
Reviewer: Aaron Yurkiewicz
It seemed like there was a point just a few years ago where the 70’s infuenced stoner rock scene was blowing up, with bands like Blood Ceremony, Jess and the Ancient Ones, and Purson being all the rage – it was a pretty sweet intersection of doom metal themes and retro rock sensibilities. Only after spending some time with Kitchen Witch’s debut EARTH AND ETHER did it occur to me how absent that scene has been lately. It was also a reminder of how good things can sound when done right.
EARTH AND ETHER is a dynamic bag of lo-fi Kyuss infused rumblings, bluesy Zepplin-esque grooves and a hazy wallop of smoked out riffs. The Witch wastes no time locking into a solid hook on album opener “Lost”, as vocalist Georgie Cosson casts her siren’s wail atop a fuzzy, swamp footed roil. Setting the perfect tone for the rest of the album, it’s the kind of jam that’d get your body swayin’ after one too many bourbons at the local dive bar. The uptempo boogie of “Cave of Mischief” offers a brighter contrast to its predecessor, but wouldn’t sound all that different from anything you’d hear on a Clutch record. From there, things get heavy…”Sunrise” sounds like a dirge born out of the delta blues, while “The Frontal Lobe” and the title track harken back to Sabbath’s more progressive jams circa SBS and SABOTAGE. Familiar sounding for sure, but it still feels pretty damn good.
Kitchen Witch doesn’t break any new musical ground on EARTH AND ETHER, but what they do, they do well. Clocking in at a little over a 30 minutes, Kitchen Witch cuts out much of the self-indulgent filler that you’d typically find on these kinds of records and delivers a lean and satisfying batch of tunes. If you dig your tunes heavy, decked out in bell bottoms and with a little swagger in the trunk, EARTH AND ETHER checks all of those boxes.