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Year of the Witch


Apr 05, 2012 Issue #40 - In the Studio 2012 - Grizzly Bear, Dirty Projectors, and Twin Shadow Bookmark and Share

Nobody is going to be angry at California’s RACES. They make sweet, atmospheric folk-rock with a psychedelic quaver; singer Wade Ryff has an easy, soulful rasp; and their Frenchkiss debut full-length Year of the Witch is nicely full-bodied. They do a lot of things right, which is kind of the problem. There’s practically a cottage industry based around rustic, marketable indie-crossovers, and Fleet Foxes’ shadow is pretty hard to escape. Even harder when your brightest spots are blotted out by far too much unremarkable chaffjangly and bright-eyed, but chaff nonetheless. RACES struggle hard with noteworthiness, which is a bit of a death knell in this day and age. Competency won’t grab attention, and the scene just isn’t big enough for them. (www.racesband.tumblr.com)

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