Since its rise in the mid 80’s, electronic music has undergone rapid evolution in many different directions, perhaps more so than any other genre of music.
Because of the collaborative and social elements of dance music, when an artist creates a new sound an entire microgenre can emerge around them. Recently this has been the case with the New York band Salem, who’s dark, heavy brand of electronic music has been branded “Witch House.”
It’s kind of a silly name, and probably one that Salem themselves are not interested in, but the fact remains that they put a new sound out there and so naturally people will try and give it a label.
In the past couple of years, other groups have been lumped into this category as well. Most of them really aren’t that similar to Salem, but because they release a couple of tracks that have a similar forboding and deep elements, they get labelled. Most of these artists are quite good on their own and have more variety between their songs than they are give credit for.
Here are a couple of tracks by Holy Other, a talented Manchester based producer who has been on the rise lately. In someways he could be “Witch House,” but really his songs owe more to classic UK dubstep producers like Burial and Kode9 than Salem