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Year Of The Witch

4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Vinyl (March 27, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Frenchkiss
  • ASIN: B00757G6Q8
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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1. Year Of The Child
2. Big Broom
3. Song Of Birds
4. Lies
5. The Knife
6. Living Cruel & Rude
7. In My Name
8. Don't Be Cruel
9. Walk Through The Fire
10. All For You
11. Year Of The Witch

Editorial Reviews

RACES exists as a result of artistic rebirth and personal rediscovery, but it all starts at a point in Wade Ryff's life where motivation was at its most scarce. Disillusioned with music, beset with the bitter ending of a relationship with a real life witch, and faced with the overwhelming stagnation of being a 23-year old in the sleepy suburban outpost of Van Nuys, durring that time, Ryff wrote the pleading lyrics of ''Big Broom'' in the bathroom of his parents house. He explains the song's message as ''accepting that every ending is a new beginning, and even if we may have no control over when things are given or taken from us, we can always choose how to respond.'' Whether he realized it or not at the time, it would serve as a mission statement for a handful of musicians in the area who were also desperate for a new beginning. Breanna Wood, Garth Herberg, Lucas Ventura, Devon Lee, and Oliver Hild knew each other prior to joining RACES. Still, nothing could anticipate it all coming together for Year Of The Witch. What sunk in was the effortlessness of it all. Above all else was a chemistry that just couldn't be faked or brainstormed durring ''band business meetings.'' They attribute their work ethic to their humble surroundings, spending entire days honing their material in a Chatsworth studio because, well, what else are you supposed to do in the Valley? The fit with New York's venerated Frenchkiss Records was perfect - indeed, with RACES' ability to write such resonant and instantly ingratiating pop, it's no wonder the same label that houses Passion Pit, Dodos, and Antlers were such ardent supporters. At its core, there are plenty of sad songs and waltzes - ''The Knife,'' ''Walk Through The Fire,'' and ''All For You'' all have a melodic and lyrical directness befitting their origins as Ryff's solo work. But as Ryff admits, ''I didn't want to play music that's just a sappy guy on an acoustic guitar,'' and RACES flesh them out to swoon with dramatic grandeur and earthen rusticity behind Ryff's plaintive words. The ornate orchestration and vocal arrangements on the female-led counterpoint ''Don't Be Cruel'' in particular owe their origins to Herberg's background as a composer - he's the one who brings Ryff's Leonard Cohen fantasies to fruition, Quoth Ryff, ''he's our Brian Jones.'' But even with the speed at which Races are going forward, they haven't gotten complacent in the slightest - they're already working out new material for their next album, which they hope will intetgrate more of the electronic textures they've been experimenting with and won't be so much ''about a girl,'' as Ryff jokes. But their goals are still modest - Ryff puts it best: ''I'd rather get dropped and start back at the begininng than not have fun with these guys.'' It's a fitting mission statement for a band for whom every show feels as exciting as that very first one.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good Album! November 27, 2012
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
The only reason i gave this cd a shot was their Video Lies.
Had I not seen this video i would never have listened to the cd.
Their musicianship and song righting are excelent.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Best unknown indie album of the year. August 1, 2012
By Brett
Format:MP3 Music
Fantastic songwriting, lush sound, strong bits of rock, blues, and indie goodness.

What'll probably catch you first is the lead singer's voice. Raspy, yet very powerful. Then, the two singers behind him combine for some seriously stop-and-rewind harmonies.

If you aren't sure if this is for you, give Big Broom, Lies, All For You, and In My Name a listen... these guys just got picked up by French Kiss records, and for good reason.

This is a SOLID album by LA's mini-supergroup of performers.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Album May 30, 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Nice set of tracks. I enjoy this album start to finish. "All for you" has great energy and is a highlight.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Truly talented February 14, 2013
By Justina
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
These guys are form L.A. and they are so good! They are signed to Frechkiss records and it's very suiting. They are just really nice people, I saw them live and had the pleasure of meeting a few of the band members. I saw their video "Big Broom" on youtube and fell in love, the rest of the CD is just as good. Wade pours his heart into his lyrics and you can definitely tell.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loving it- great buy February 10, 2013
Format:Audio CD
Really enjoyable in the car- and they are GOOD live so that is always a plus. Liking the sounds- brings be back and forward through genres...
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