Octubre is a trip’a foreboding fever dream in the southern California desert as the seasons change. And it’s a must-listen." /> L.A. Record

L.A. WITCH: OCTUBRE EP

November 12th, 2018 | Album reviews

L.A. WITCH
Octubre EP
Suicide Squeeze

Aptly named Octubre, the latest release from L.A. Witch captures the eerie vibe that comes along with the fall season or—in the case of this EP—falling headlong into darkness. Sade Sanchez, Irita Pai, and Ellie English continue to elevate their sound. Here they’re a step above garage rock with a heavy psychedelic bent, and this time spookier than ever before. These five songs show that L.A. Witch has been experimenting, and it pays off—or kicks off, and I do mean kicks off, with the groovy “Haunting,” a song that immediately demonstrates the EP’s newly distinctive production while retaining the band’s signature sharp edge. The usually straightforward rock trio introduces ominous organ and jolting piano to the mix on “BB’s Momma,” both of which add power and fullness to their sound. “Sleep” is clearly a product of the L.A. Witch we all know and love, and could have easily fit on their debut album. “Heart of Darkness” and “Outro” are both mellow, atmospheric songs that showcase just how masterfully this band can create a mood. Throughout the EP, Sanchez’s voice is drawling and languid, and paints vivid pictures of failed romances and lovers with unresolved drug problems. She also soaks the songs with reverb from on her guitar, while English’s drumming and Pai’s bass remain faithfully steady and filled with attitude. Octubre is a trip’a foreboding fever dream in the southern California desert as the seasons change. And it’s a must-listen.

—Julia Gibson