The first time you listen to South of Salem, by Portland, Oregon, four-piece Witch Mountain, everything seems to start of straightforward enough. There’s some noise, some feedback, a few beeps of this or that. Then the riff starts and you maybe say to yourself, “Alright, I can get down with this.” The production’s organic and live-sounding, the groove is cool, and before you know it, you’re pretty much ready to roll with whatever “Wing of the Lord” brings.
The real “holy shit” moment comes when vocalist Uta Plotkin kicks into the song about a minute in, and from there, South of Salem‘s course is set. From the soulful wailing of “Plastic Cage” to the (surprising) growls in “End Game,” Plotkin is all over these riffs like the sky over the ground. Front to back across this record, she kills it — and it’s not that the trio behind her of guitarist Rob Wrong, bassist David Hoopaugh and drummer Nathan Carson is lackluster — just that her performance is that staggering.
Witch Mountain have the record posted and for sale over at their Bandcamp site, but I was fortunate enough to get permission to host South of Salem for streaming on this site, so you bet your ass I’m doing it. Hope you dig:
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South of Salem by Witch Mountain was released April 9, was produced and engineered by Billy Anderson at Smegma Studio in January 2010, and mastered by Mell Dettmer. More info on Witch Mountain is at their Facebook page.
Tags: Mountastic Records, Oregon, Portland, Witch Mountain