Witchcraft Murders by The Heartwood Institute LP

Composer The Heartwood Institute
Label Library of the Occult
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There were a series of brutal murders that took place in the English countryside back in the early 1940s. Known as The Lower Quinton & Hagley Wood Murders, these cult-like deaths still remain a mystery to this day. Much speculation and theorizing have been put to these brutal crimes, and the biggest theory is that these murders were done because the victims were believed to have been witches. Jonathan Sharp, aka The Heartwood Institute, has created a new album dedicated to these murders and theories called Witchcraft Murders.

Sharp’s hazy electronic music is a perfect fit for such a gothic and macabre corner of UK lore. Witchcraft Murders sounds like the album he’s been building up to for the past six years, mixing the down-tempo grooves with static ghosts, occult leanings, and the shadowy countrysides of the English Lake District. The album is a heady mix of dense electronics and spectral light emanating from the other side, and “Who Put Bella Down The Wych Elm?” encapsulates that trip. Buzzing electronics and trippy atmosphere surround you in ethereal mystery. It’s like some early '80s pop track slowed down and run thru oscillators and LSD. A walk home with gauzy ears and streetlight tracers, swathed in mystery and mild delusion.
Witchcraft Murders by The Heartwood Institute LP