Digestible food is different from what The Wytches produced on their debut "Annabel Dream Reader". Quite the opposite, a large part of the 13 songs in total are quite upsetting. But maybe that's exactly what the Brighton trio is after. The Wytches have practiced it enough with several singles and EPs. What's so scary here is playing the guitar. The rhythm guitar doesn't keep the rhythm as much as it does the sound with shrill, sharp noises. Again and again they let down the bass and the drums completely. The Fall or The White Stripes are not too far away. But for catchy melodies or a working songwriting The Wytches still lacks know-how. Every now and then a spaghetti western mood comes up. The one or other funny reef provides for plus points. The singing usually seems stocky, is often only screamed, sometimes thin or in places remarkably alienated. So "Annabel Dream Reader" is an album that leaves its listeners rather distraught than bewitched.
Top Track: Summer Again