So naturally, in a year’s time they’ve thrown that all to the Appalachian wind, turned the process completely on its head and reversed paths - recording in a cabin in Kingston Springs, about 20 miles outside of Nashville on I-40, with guitarist Ben McLeod at the helm. The result, mixed by Rob Schnapf (Beck, Elliott Smith, Kurt Vile), is the most intimate, human- sounding album All Them Witches have ever recorded and another redefinition of the band. Introducing keyboardist / percussionist Jonathan Draper to the fold with McLeod, bassist / vocalist Charles Michael Parks, Jr., and drummer / graphic artist Robby Staebler, the new eponymous record isn’t self-titled by mistake. It’s the band confirming and continuing to develop their approach, in the shuffle of ‘Fishbelly 86 Onions’, the organ- laced groove of ‘Half-Tongue’, the tense build of ‘HJTC’ and the fluid jam in closer ‘Rob’s Dream’.
From the sustained consonants in Parks’ vocals to McLeod’s commanding slide in ‘Workhorse’ and drifting melancholy at the outset of ‘Harvest Feast’, All Them Witches are laying claim to the essential facets of their identity.