This month, our pals from Newlywed Records are back with a very special, ultra-spooky Halloween playlist, curated by none other than their resident horror buff Evil Wizardry (fka Marco Pittarelli). Listen to 8 carefully handpicked tracks below, all highly informative to the unearthly and mysterious sound of Evil Wizardry, because what’s more cathartic than fear and a general state of unease?
1. Slowdive, “Erik’s Song”
I absolutely love Slowdive! Their music evokes autumn for me more than a lot of music does. I’ve always been partial to their instrumental, nonvocal tracks that pop up on a few of their releases—especially the unreleased material you can find in bootlegs, a lot of which is the more Low-inspired material that was rejected from the initial proposal that became their major release, Souvlaki. This song has always been very special to me. It reminds me of running and hiking through autumns in Upstate, NY, and walking through brisk evenings.
2. Vashti Bunyan, “Autumn Leaves”
The name says it all! Vashti Bunyan’s music continues to awe and inspire me. This song is one of my favorites of hers and brings similar imagery to that of Slowdive—who certainly took a little inspiration from this era of British folk music!
3. The Pretty Things, “Well of Destiny”
Quite a spooky track! The Pretty Things’ S.F. Sorrow is one of the strangest albums I’ve heard. This song is by far the stand-out for me. I love the delay that hits toward the end! This track totally scares me tbh but I like it!
4. LTJ Bukem, “Demon’s Theme (Original 12″ Mix)”
I have almost exclusively been listening to 90s jungle and dnb music this fall. I’ve been absolutely floored by all of the music I have listened to from this time period, and LTJ Bukem’s early odysseys have especially struck a chord with me! The bird samples included reminded me of Hitchcock’s The Birds, and for that reason evokes “Halloween” more than most other tracks I have heard from this time. This track is absolutely brilliant and sprawling.
5. Dokken, “Dream Warriors”
A hair metal song from the A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 soundtrack, need I say more? I had difficulty choosing which 80s hair-metal-horror crossover to choose from, there are quite a few I like. If you’re into checking out some more, I would recommend “Love is a Lie” by Lion from the Friday the 13th Part 4 soundtrack. There’s an incredible scene from the film showing a young Crispin Glover dancing to this song –should be easy to find on youtube without having to sit through the movie. However, this song is by far my favorite of these hair-horror collaborations; amazing guitar counter-melodies and solos going on here.
6. The Cure, “The Funeral Party”
7. Buffy Sainte-Marie, “The Vampire”
This song is one of my favorites from the incredible, brilliant and experimental album Illuminations by folk-songwriter and activist Buffy Sainte-Marie. The innovative use of electronics on this album are mind-blowing, and far, far ahead of its time, I feel it predicted, and better executed, much of what would grow popular in synthesizer experimentation beyond the 60s.