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LESLIE WINER

WITCH

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Format: LP
Cata No: SV040
Barcode: 857176003409
Produced in the twilight of the ’80s in London and originally
released on white-label LP with a homemade rubber
stamp impression, Witch is the mysterious and powerful
debut from poet, artist and musician Leslie Winer. It’s an
infectious patchwork of dub beats, tasteful samples and
Winer’s sultry blend of spoken word with cool, folksy
lullabies that later became popularized by acts such as Massive
Attack and Tricky. Even though Witch predates those
artists’ breakthroughs by a year or more, Winer quickly rejected
NME’s christening her as the “grandmother of triphop.”
No stranger to the concept of fame and its pitfalls, Winer
moved to New York in the late ’70s to attend university and
befriended William S. Burroughs and Jean-Michel Basquiat,
among other street-level luminaries. Her striking,
androgynous looks eventually led to a successful modeling
career. As the ’80s closed, Winer chose to use © instead
of her own name as a moniker; the front cover of Witch features
an ouroboros around the letter C to form a copyright
symbol.
Winer’s spoken delivery evokes the frank realism of
beat poetry; her lyrics grapple with socially constructed
notions of beauty, womanhood and domestic roles. These
stark challenges to power structures are articulate and
staggeringly direct, pushing the boundaries of pop music’s
form. This message, matched with Winer’s uncanny
approach and melodic ear, fitted with an electro-acoustic
palette built on tension and restraint, culminates in the extraordinary
work that—as John Peel said—is “the very
definition of a hidden gem.” • First-time domestic vinyl release of long
out-of-print “hidden gem” (according to
John Peel)
• Features Jah Wobble (Public Image Ltd.)
• For fans of Portishead, Vincent Gallo,
Lifetones

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