Posted in music on May 24, 2010

Witch House

"That's Christopher Dexter Greenspan, who records as oOoOO, talking about the burgeoning style of music that he and a handful of others are developing. It's been called "drag," "witch house," and "haunted house," but like most subgenres these days, there's no official name for it. And like Greenspan points out, it's probably not a scene in the way we've come to understand the term. What "drag" is, so far at least, is a group of young, geographically scattered artists concurrently exploring ghostly, slow-moving electro-pop, each with their own unique spin." [Pitchfork]

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Comments (57)

I-am-pitch-fork-ro-bot-must-la-bel-eve-ry-thing

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2010 3:58 PM

/mu/ collectively laugh their asses off in 5...4...3...2...

Posted by Ray | May 24, 2010 4:01 PM

Its called Goth,Industrial etc.been done like 20 years ago assholes.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2010 4:05 PM

is this supposed to be a joke, wow pitchfork u really will like anything that is hip.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2010 4:08 PM

Put some donk on it.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2010 4:10 PM

Oh, OK. Go fuck yourselves, P4K.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2010 4:13 PM

jason molina force-shits all over "witch house" and laughs. ho ho ho!

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2010 4:13 PM

I got a name for it...
GAY
and not in the good gay way either

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2010 4:19 PM

the picture embodies the movement these kids are making..with their macs...and cheese made by mom

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2010 4:22 PM

i'm pretty sure this genre is called "fuckingboringrolandjuno106beatswithequallyboringvocals core"

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2010 4:38 PM

NoSummr4U is a great song.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2010 4:42 PM

Drag is a pretty good label for psych tinged southern hip hop

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2010 4:42 PM

I'm making a drag record! I will dress in heels and garters and take syrup

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2010 4:43 PM

Oh I get it, so you smoke the dust.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2010 4:50 PM

fuck you neon indian while we're at it

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2010 4:52 PM

God, what a bunch of pathetic whiners. I've seen more insightful comments on frat bar bathroom walls.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2010 4:58 PM

DRAGSTEP

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2010 5:08 PM

balam and ///▲▲▲ \\\ stand out
oOoOO sux

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2010 5:09 PM

I hear Pitchfork is changing their name to "Thinly Veiled Advertising Machine".

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2010 5:34 PM

whhere the fuck do you get your info??? spin? BV and p4 are have their ear to the ground. stop complaining cuz your album sucks!

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2010 5:43 PM

i just watch fallon and see whatever at t5 and msg

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2010 5:57 PM

HAUNTED HOUSE is prefered

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2010 5:59 PM

worst "genre" ever. this shit takes no talent.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2010 6:33 PM

I swear at some point last year someone did an interview with Panda Bear where he stated that he was really into the new burial album because of the "ghostly" quality it evokes. Boom fast forward and now we have a whole genre dedicated to this reference. Gotta love the internet age.

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2010 9:28 PM

pitchfork is always a few months behind. the kids are all doing the tredgestomp these days

Posted by Anonymous | May 24, 2010 11:24 PM

someone needs to put a pitchfork in pitchfork.

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2010 12:50 AM

Ugh! Leave it to good 'ol Shitfork to dub ridiculous labels to these bands. "Witch house"? Really? Well then, let me gather up my mortar and pestle, and my incense while I listen!

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2010 1:24 AM

If your band's music isn't part of a new and inanely titled sub-genre, you might as well hang it up.

Posted by Anonymous | May 25, 2010 8:53 AM

Seriously, Witch House is over, anybody who's anybody is listening to Dubstrep, literally the illest shit out there right now. Todd Shreiberbol describes it as having, "red-throated basslines with patchy white drum patterns and nauseous samples that induce sensations of general discomfort and difficulty swallowing in the listener."

Posted by rowdy raddy piper | May 25, 2010 10:23 AM

a little late to the game on this one pitchfork, swing and a miss!

http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/musicblog/2010/mar/08/scene-heard-drag

Posted by maciek | May 25, 2010 11:48 AM

Yeah, i don't know about all this inconsequential categorization, but NoSummr4U is a great (cover) song. And thank god it turned me on to this relic from '86:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eMaX-dQvN3Y&feature=related

Posted by Cameron | May 25, 2010 1:54 PM

I made this up as a fucking joke 6 months ago. I'm suing Pitchfork.

Posted by A Flux of Pink Iains | May 25, 2010 1:56 PM

Now if you don't mind, I'm gonna go give my cat an hj (it's Tuesday).

Posted by A Flux of Pink Iains | May 25, 2010 4:12 PM

This is basically Throbbing Gristle with a hip hop beat. I'm not sure I understand the point. What kind of drugs does one need to consume to enjoy this music?

Posted by Wax Trax | May 26, 2010 7:55 AM

this could be good but mostly just sounds lazy and boring. this "goth-revival" shit is ridiculous

Posted by Anonymous | May 29, 2010 1:11 AM

Once again Pitchfork tries and fails. Don't categorize....just let things be. If anything....I hope Disaro gets more attention. I think that label is doing what they want and releasing stuff that they enjoy. I'm looking forward to their upcoming records and seeing how they progress. Triangle on the other hand...not so much. CREEP is a perfect example of what we don't need, they are just copying everything that SALEM did...and are doing it half assed...not original in the least. I think 20jfg is an amazing blog....which is why I don't understand why they are putting out some mediocre shit.....on the other hand, Slava sounds promising.

Posted by Anonymous | June 1, 2010 3:47 PM

goth chill wave

Posted by Anonymous | June 11, 2010 5:39 PM

Ahh, hipsters. Shut it. If you live in Williamsburg you're not allowed to make fun of anything. You are the cliche. Get it?

Posted by Anonymous | June 22, 2010 3:14 PM

Even have witch house clothing now: www.digitalvoodooclothing.com

Posted by Bobby D | July 2, 2010 10:24 AM

I don't believe in genres.

Posted by Martinbot | July 5, 2010 4:48 PM

goddamnit i too have spent hours high as fuck doing this to mp3s in ableton live, why didn't i market it, would someone actually listen to this besides myself when stoned? i guess so.. sob

Posted by be | August 14, 2010 7:29 PM

i think all of you missed the point. pitchfork didn't "label" this. they were just reporting on something that already existed.

fuck, are the hipsters in brooklyn in constant battle to see who can make the most asinine comments about music? it's like if you don't discover it first and thus can claim a socially-acceptable status of cool, then you have to shit-talk it to feel better about yourself.

to 95% of the people who commented on here--you're not fooling anyone into believing that you're musically superior somehow, and you're annoying. find something intelligent to say or do the world a favor, and stop talking.

Posted by alyce | September 8, 2010 12:55 PM

\\\///H▲† †HE F▼CK IS∞†HIS SHI†▼□■□■□■

Posted by Anonymous | September 15, 2010 7:51 PM

whoa. a lot of you guys are really lame idiots.

that pitchfork article is fucking TERRIBLE

and the term "witch-house" was coined to describe an aesthetic that transcends one medium, rather than just to create another stupid name for genre nazis

salem created the term "drag" just because stupid dork ass shithead music e-journalists wouldn't stop busting their balls about what they want their sound to be considered or called.

of course not all of these sounds and styles are all brand new at all. a lot of unsigned, unknown, no-name producers were doing similar stuff before and there's plenty of strong influences from all sorts of stuff

but the fact of the matter is, it's a new MOVEMENT...and it will be fun and pop off as long as it's not ruined by retards, trend-hoppers and genre nazis

eat my asshole<3

Posted by kissmydick | September 17, 2010 12:15 AM

Who really cares if someone calls it witch house or haunted house? The point is that people in the industry need to classify it in some way so it happens regardless of what anyone making comments on this page thinks.

We all know that Pitchfork is light years behind unless its Broken social scene or Animal collective. They have made a living off telling hipsters what to listen to because they are too consumed with their pursuit of being hip so they need things spoon fed to them just like their mothers did to them in their pointless middle class existences, so they use Pitchfork to reinvent themselves in attempt to form some type of character which will never really happen when your a follower.

I think the genre is great in the sense that it is combining genres and creating something new. If sub-genres like this werent being created we would be listening to the same shit over and over again.

If you want a real taste of the genre you should listen to Salem's new album, not the EP. It has the most definition in terms of songwriting and music structure.

Posted by jt86 | September 23, 2010 5:38 PM

▲▲▲ MORE TRIANGLES ▲▲▲: the hyperokkvult WITCH HOUSE SAMPLER

http://www.mediafire.com/?cnhgcjr5sxwvlez

01. oOoOO - seaww
02. balam acab - see birds (moon)
03. ///???\\\ - spit shine
04. SALEM - dirt
05. pictureplane - trance doll
06. dream boat - your beaches
07. SLEEP 8 OVER - la rose
08. the beauty - ghost
09. fostercare - pacific rim
10. tearist - 1963 (rough)
11. ? - staring
12. V?GINA WOLF - calm down
13. modern witch - in your eyes
14. white ring - roses
15. S U R V I V E - glass knives
16. LAKE R?DIO - ?????????
17. †‡† - >>>>?<<<<
18. GR†LLGR†LL - 8myh (ariel/littlemermaid ocean version)

Posted by ENIMRAK | September 27, 2010 6:19 PM

The best new genre is "Hummus House"

Posted by Anonymous | September 27, 2010 6:59 PM

balam and ///▲▲▲ \\\ are the worst musicians on the planet

Posted by Anonymous | September 29, 2010 3:31 PM

Sound like the stuff THEATRE OF ICE did in the late 70s and early 80's before they went to a more conventional rock/guitar style. TOI's first 3 albums were all recorded in haunted houses and was more mood than music. Songs like "Chill Factor", "Fox", or "Wagon Load of Corpses" could have fir right into this genre.

Any of the bands that originated the goth and deathrock scene, before the genre was established, were harder to classify. They end up being classified as goth or death rock by default.

I read were THEATRE OF ICE is trying to pass off their stuff as "Dark Prep", trying to create their own genre.

Posted by Anonymous | October 24, 2010 8:21 PM

Theater of Ice shared musicians with Drunks With Guns, so the inference is entirely understandable - I'd rather have much more Drunks With Guns and Theater of Ice than Salem or any of these other bands exploiting advanced ASCII nomenclature.

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | October 24, 2010 10:43 PM

aww but I wasn't ready to get off the chillwave yet.

Posted by Anonymous | October 30, 2010 12:36 AM

I love the reaction anything new evokes. Personally, I love relabelling yourself every 5 seconds. As long as the names and symbols are interesting, so what? We all know it's just putting a new coat of paint on an old sound...but still, it's a new coat of paint. Enjoy. You'll be dead soon and 'WitchHouse' does has a certain ring to it.

Posted by OliverReed | November 18, 2010 3:26 AM

i was just listening to "••" by "~▲†▲~" from their self-titled EP i got from Bandcamp. i don't know how long this "Witch House" stuff has been around, but hopefully it'll be an amusing trip for a while yet...

Posted by aorund par | January 6, 2011 2:34 PM

Does nobody understand whats happening?
Alright so it used to be a much bigger deal to notice what record label your favorite artist where on because it was a way to find out other artist that sounded similar to the ones you liked. These days most people couldn't tell you what record label their favorite artists belong too but you know what they probably know what sub-genre they belong too. Sub-genres have just become a way to label what group of artists sound alike just like people used to use record labels that way. People complain about sub-genres but you never see anyone complaining about how many record labels there are. Stop your bitching and think about it

Posted by Jordan | April 27, 2011 1:46 PM

Maybe Witch House will get all the Wiccans to have raves in the woods.

Posted by Zuzz | May 24, 2011 8:00 PM

Quite boring, it will go like most fads do.

Posted by Drones | August 11, 2011 4:44 AM

Childe Bride was doing Witch House four years ago.

Posted by Anonymous | October 15, 2011 12:42 AM

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