Year of the Witch


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2012, Frenchkiss Records

VINYL FORMAT. Races exist as a result of artistic rebirth and personal rediscovery. 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. The ornate orchestration and vocal arrangements on the female-led counterpoint “Don’t Be Cruel” in particular owe their orgins to Herberg’s background as a composer – he’s the one who brings Ryff’s Leonard Cohen fantasies to fruition. But even with the speed at which Races are going forward, they haven’t gotten complacent in the slightest – they’re already working our new material for their next album, which they hope will integrate more of the electronic textures theyv’e been experimenting with and won’t be so much “about a girl,” as Ryff Jokes.


Disc 1
1 Year of the Child
2 Big Broom
3 Songs of Birds
4 Lies
5 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

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