Serpentskirt: Spirit Race

Serpentskirt - Spirit Race album cover Date Released: 02/02/2016
Label: Independent
Album Type: EP
Album info: Bandcamp

After dropping a handful of demos, Candace Miller (baritone guitar/vocals) and Devlin Goldberg (drums/vocals), the two-piece better known as Serpentskirt, have released their debut EP, Spirit Race.

Hailing from Brooklyn, New York, Serpentskirt juggle elements of the occult with doom undertones and cover them nicely in a blanket of witch rock.

“Little Poison” kicks things off with a gentle, yet gritty riff. One of the first thing you’ll notice are the beautiful vocals. I’m not sure who is singing lead, Candace or Devlin, but it really doesn’t matter. “With Wolves” keeps things going with a similar vibe, and a slightly heavier mid song guitar riff picks up the pace a bit.

The title track, “Spirit Race,” vocally invokes Grace Slick from Jefferson Airplane’s 1967 masterpiece Surrealistic Pillow, while the guitar and drums sound like they could have been plucked right out of a song left over from the recording of Soundgarden’s Superunknown. The vocally fueled “Pagan Eyes,” and the closing track “Nothingbox,” both share a similar beat are the most upbeat songs on Spirit Race.

Haunting harmonies are majestically layered throughout the whole of Spirit Race. At times, it’s Heart’s Ann & Nancy Wilson, and at others the aforementioned Grace Slick. Serpentskirt do a great job of keeping their sound simple, while incorporating just enough elements that make it rough around the fringes. Witch rock? Yes indeed.

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