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From old mate Wikipedia: “Witch house is an occult-themed dark electronic music genre and visual aesthetic that emerged in late 2000s. The music is heavily influenced by chopped and screwed hip-hop, dark ambient soundscapes, industrial and noise experimentation, and features use of synthesizers, drum machines, obscure samples, droning repetition and heavily altered, ethereal, indiscernible vocals. Many works by witch house visual artists incorporate themes from 60s, 70s and 80s cult and obscure horror movies, the television series Twin Peaks, and mainstream pop culture celebrities. Common typographic elements in artist and track names include triangles, crosses, and other Unicode symbols, which are seen by some as a method of keeping the scene underground and harder to search for on the Internet.”

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The witch house stuff I’ve listened to, like Salem, White Ring and oOoOO, has always originated from the States. I had no idea that the genre was so popular in New Zealand, and its one that the Kiwis do well. Totems is what I’m talking about here. They released their 5 track EP, ∞(((幽玄)))∞, on Halloween last year. Its dark, glitchy, infused with the odd slice of hip-hop and well worth a listen.

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January 13, 2014

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