by Gary Fletcher
The Bewitched Hands on the Top of Our Heads are five guys and a girl hailing from Reims, France that make catchy melodic pop with a touch of psychedelia. From what I hear, they made quite an impression with folks at SXSW this year.
I can hear elements of the Flaming Lips, the Beach Boys, Belle & Sebastian and early Pink Floyd. I am guessing these bands are probably some of their influences. Each song I listened to was great, but the title track Hard to Cry really sat with me and was stuck in my head for days. I look forward to hearing more from these guys in the future.
Here is some recent press The Bewitched Hands are getting here in the US:
Austin Town Hall
Their single “Hard to Cry” went by easily at first, but something about the building harmonies caught me, and I had to play it again. Made up of six folks from France, The Bewitched Hands will grab hold of you, tugging you into their world of intelligent pop music.
The seven knights of the pop apocalypse, or six guys from Reims, France? This many-headed ensemble come to show the world that those of the Gallic persuasion can do folk too [The Bewitched have] a brand of catchy melodic pop where psychedelic vocal harmonies crossover with folk.
Band to watch at SXSW 2010
Indie Rock Reviews (“Hard to Cry” track review)
Once the song gets going you might just be hopping on a jet plane to France to catch them live.
Yeah, that’s a weird name for a real good band.
"Hard to Cry" isn't insanely catchy, full of simple melodies and lyrics. Its qualities are much more difficult to pigeonholed. Yet it is wonderful just the same. It begins with a collage of vocal sounds that sound like an echoing dream. The sounds then meld into a single, repeated lyric. Just when you think you've understood what's going on, it changes, and changes again. The sounds bend and morph and come back to the same lyrics again and again.
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