Witchazel is an album by comedic actor, Matt Berry. I picked up the album because it had the theme song to Berry’s show, Toast of London, but I had no idea I was actually buying the best folk psychedelic album of the 70’s that wasn’t made in the 70’s. Since Berry is a comedian, I was expecting funny songs but these songs are such pure examples of the kind of music you find in the folk psychedelic scene that I can listen to a song about a pheasant and find it perfectly normal. Is the joke that Berry created a folk album or is there no joke at all? I can’t tell and I don’t care. It is wonderful for what it is.
The songs themselves are also very lovely. They have a mix of funk and folk along with Berry’s wonderful vocals. It is an overwhelmingly positive album where even a song about everyone ignoring the singer is so damn upbeat you just feel joy listening to it.
Needless to say, I love this album and listen to it constantly.