Frankie and the Witch Fingers – ZAM

ZAM bring the doomsday clock to high noon and the world is set ablaze, courtesy of Frankie and the Witch Fingers

Album Review by James Ewen | 28 Feb 2019
  • Frankie and the Witch Fingers – ZAM
Album title: ZAM
Artist: Frankie and the Witch Fingers
Label: Greenway Records
Release date: 1 Mar

There's no place on our hunk of spinning space-rock that Frankie and the Witch Fingers' seismic sonics leave in peace on their latest full-length ZAM. The bruised and battered lo-fi of their past still exists in glimmers, but a cleaner sheen has been embraced, which ensures that every note of luminance they strike gleams with a tenfold brightness.

ZAM is no better encapsulated than with the roman candle of Pleasure. From moment one, the funked-out 70s shindig spreads swift like a fever, and soon things turn from lava lamp to volcanic volley. This groovy new edge for the garage-quartet works with their original modus operandi, and for a move that could have fallen flat, they are rewarded for their gamble with a towering stack of chips.

Moments of exhilaration and surprise amass in great bounties. Unexpected twists like the silky final act of Realization, the bluesy amuse-bouche of I Am before the main feast of Underneath You, the snake-charming psych-dance-punk of Dracula Drug, and Head Collector’s lulling diminuendo showcase their playfulness with structure and their supreme grasp of craft.

Their adoption of a more crystalline sound may dispel loyalists but this marks a defining moment in their trajectory. They've produced an album that is both an expansion and a refinement on what has come prior; broader in its scope, maturer in its delivery, and braver in its exploration. In a word: sha-fucking-ZAM!

Listen to: Pleasure, Cobwebs, Dracula Drug