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Jex Thoth : Witness

Iímnot a huge fan of Jex Thoth; that being said, I still enjoyed some parts of their first album which, to my surprise, collected enthusiastic reviews almost everywhere. That new release is a mini three tracks ep, two original compositions and a cover make the deal. The formula is really the same, although here, the organ is giving itself the lionís share; it brings a somewhat overdrawn mystical mood.

The band still write the same kind of tired, pseudo-occult ceremony, a weary and over melodramatic ode to all that was once a brilliant, fresh and innovative rock scene. From the fundamentaly subversive hippy coolness, Jex Thoth only percieve an apathetic inclination which they meticulously try to recreate.

Jex Thoth herself still sings in her sentimental, bitter and broken voice which I find a bit 'over the top'. But I reckon thatís the band signature and, in my opinion, its strongest feature.

The sound is quite weak and raw. Itís a bit sad to hear that band composing such a clumsy music (particularly off-putting on the second track); some bits do work, but overall, the interest I found in their full-length Ė a caricatural, though honest attempt to revisit the psychedelic seventies Ė vanishes here into a feeling of plain boredom.

Reviewer's rating: Unrated


Tracklist :
1. Raven nor the Spirit
2. Slow Rewind
3. Mr Rainbow (Slapp Happy cover)

Duration : Approx; 15 minutes

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Reviewed on 11-05-2010 by Bertrand marchal
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