Album #314: The Wytches – Three Mile Ditch

  • Released: 2020
  • Origin: Peterborough, England
  • Label: Cable Code
  • Best Track: Fly Inside

The Wytches, with their blend of psychedelia and sludgy rock, are a band I’ve always quite liked without being fanatical over. I’ve seen them live a couple of times and they put on a good show, and their material is constantly strong.

New third album Three Mile Ditch is their first since 2016, and is not a major departure from what I’ve heard from them previously, so hasn’t changed my opinion much either way.

If there is a difference, it’s that there are some more expansive and mellow tracks here than I’ve heard before from the band, such as ‘Silver Trees’ and ‘A Love You’ll Never Know’, with violins even finding their way into the latter. Both bore me though if I’m honest, with the Dinosaur Jr.-esque ‘White Cliffs’ a better example of them doing something a little different.

But they’re at their best when they stick to the usual psychedelic concoction of clanging, crunching resonant guitars and cawing vocals displayed on tracks like ‘Fly Inside’ and the cacophonous ‘Meat Chuck’. It’s a formula that’s distinctively theirs and works a treat.

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