WitchCo is a Mexican three piece, playing a very melodic brand of female fronted rock with a strong melodic sense, taking inspiration from artists such as The Gathering, Kari Rueslatten, Porcupine Tree and Anathema. With such an excellent array of influences, their new EP entitled “Reborn” is an excellent listen, and it’s a unique on at that, they don’t simply copy their idols, but create their own sound.
Taking cues from ambient, rock and trip hop, WitchCo have great song writing, and use it to weave an excellent, relaxed and upbeat atmosphere. Frontwoman and guitarist Karen Ceja has a lovely voice, singing on the first two tracks in Spanish, bearing a similarity to former vocalist and founding member Marcela Bovio, the current singer of Stream of Passion, while singing in English on the final track Horizons. Her voice is soft and lovely, and she has an excellent range, sounding dreamy without being too fragile. Her voice provides an accentuation to the lovely music, with soft piano and keyboard playing providing much of the fantastic melodic sensibility the EP has ,with an excellent laid back atmosphere, and with the washes of soft guitar distortion, especially on “Sin Rumbo Fijo” there’s another layer to the lush laid back atmosphere. The bass playing is laid back and really smooth, accentuating the music superbly. These are three beautifully played, very melodic and laid back pieces of music, and make for a really good listen. I can’t wait to hear more from this band after hearing this EP , and the track Laberinto is particularly lovely, reminiscent of The Gathering’s Mandylion album, but stripped of the heaviness of that album and instead focusing on the lovely dreamy atmosphere the album has. It also bears similarity to trip-hop group Paatos too, with their dreamy lush atmosphere, but with more of a relaxed approach, rather than their more melancholic style. Their influences are clear, but this is a unique enough release that it doesn’t flounder in a sea of female fronted rock bands, rather with their melodic piano centric approach, Karen’s lovely vocals, and their simply damned good song writing, they have a unique sound and hopefully a bright future. Fans of The Gathering, Stream of Passion and Paatos will really like this release, and it’s a very strong effort.
The EP is currently streaming on the bands soundcloud page, and can be listened to below. Also make sure to like the band’s facebook page.