This reviewer first saw the band in 2009, oblivious to who they were. They played Queens University for free as it was a part of a club night, whereas it was £12 to see them everywhere else in the UK. Expectations weren't high, but the racket produced by these beardy souls was a pleasant surprise for our door fee.

No Witch sees the Seattle three-piece on their third album. It's make or break time, and although I like it, most people will remain indifferent. In comparison to previous outings Welcome Joy and Invitation Songs, No Witch is even more hypnotic due to the production.

'Gifts and Rafts' is a gentle way to open a record, but it's soon followed by one of the best songs on the album, 'Swim Club'. After that you have 'Black Leaf', the first glimpse of the punchier side of the band on this record. By the time you've heard 'Falls', you know that this is going to be a darker, murkier affair. Whilst the earlier albums are striped back and raw, this time around the studio used is used to greater effect. The Eastern influence works really well on 'Outer Realms' with 'Faze Wave' having an Aboriginal sound; both tunes conjure the right image for the band and compliment the new direction.

Other stand out tracks include 'Clever Creatures', and 'Haller Lake'. A lot of the songs have catchy parts to them and the raspy voice of Pete Quirk is like Ryan Adams during his heavier moments. 'Haystacks' is full on with The Rolling Stones influence incorporating some fantastic Gospel backing vocals - always a winner.

Some may say that they sound too 'samey', but if you're looking for twelve tracks of relaxed atmospheric music with an edge, then this will be the record for you. No Witch grows and grows with each listen. It won't be up there with albums of the year. It might be up there with mine though.

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