Adelaide based outfit Winter Witches releases the new single from the heart of darkness and the city of light. ‘Unspeakable Clothes’ and its companion piece ‘This Religion’ explore the intricacies of queer identity.
Winter Witches is a queer love story. It is both a creative and romantic partnership between Sweeney & Em. Unspeakable Clothes – the Witches’ second single, sees the introduction of Eastern infused beats, paired with delicate synths, creating a sound that is at once ethereal and danceable. The B-side This Religion is a sweeping piano ballad with cinematic strings and rolling timpanis. Lyrically, the songs explore fractured queer identities in a decaying and corrupt world.
Winter Witches’ sound has been recently compared to both Dead Can Dance and The National, with elements of Depeche Mode and a heavy Scott Walker influence. Their previous, debut single Train/Water (released both digitally and as a limited edition, hand numbered 7-inch) has been described as having “genuine derivations of medieval, orchestral music and experimental electronica” (Cloudberry Mornings) and “brimming with fiery precision, a meaningful design, grace and charm” (Ghettoblaster Magazine). Both Train, Water and the digital bonus track Shame have received widespread national and international radio play including on Triple J, Australia’s largest alternative music station. On Unspeakable Clothes, the duo remark:
"Unspeakable Clothes is a kind of dark, Eastern-influenced celebration. A lament to the heaviness of the clothes we wear and how they can make (or break) our sense of self. That feeling of being imprisoned by one’s armoury. This Religion is a cinematic ode to Mother Nature. Her grandeur and her violence. The deity of the witch"
Listen to ‘Unspeakable Clothes’ BELOW:
Throughout the second half of December, the Witches will embark on their ‘Unspeakable Clothes Tour’, which will take them across the eastern states of Australia including dates in Melbourne, Sydney, Canberra and Brisbane.
Both Unspeakable Clothes and This Religion are indicative of what is to come on their debut album, ‘MASC’, which is currently being recorded and scheduled for release in 2018.