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Praise for Wicca Phase Springs Eternal:
“young, charismatic, and a skillful alchemist extending hip-hop’s long and varied history with devil sh-t.” – The Fader
The enigmatic Wicca Phase Springs Eternal, aka Adam McIlwee, has shared the second single from his upcoming EP, Corinthiax, due out March 16th. “High Strangeness” is another captivating track from the GothBoiClique co-founder and former Tigers Jaw frontman, this time showcasing a more tranquil dynamic and his ability to inject relatable themes with intriguing supernatural elements.
Listen to “High Strangeness”
Listen To “High Strangeness” via Bandcamp:
McIlwee explains, “I wrote ‘High Strangeness’ knowing that it was going to follow ‘Corinthiax’ on the EP, and ‘Corinthiax’ is such a heavy song so I wanted to follow it up with something that was more down to earth and relatable. ‘High Strangeness’ starts with me apologizing to the audience for being confusing (sometimes), and turns into a song about love, secrets and cross-dimensional travel.”
That balance of heart-on-sleeve sentiment, occult mystery, and a wink at the listener is exactly what makes Wicca Phase so endearing to his ever-expanding cult following. For years Wicca Phase has not only been one of underground music’s most exciting new artists, but also one of its most influential. McIlwee’s work has been instrumental in shaping the sound and scene that would give rise to artists like Lil Peep and nothing,nowhere., while Wicca Phase has continued to evolve into something indefinable but infinitely listenable. Now with the Corinthiax EP, Wicca Phase is poised to breakout with McIlwee’s most infectious hooks and effective arrangements to date.
Wicca Phase Springs Eternal has also announced a lengthy run of worldwide tour dates in support of the release, including shows in the US, UK, and Europe. Tickets are available now, see full itinerary below.
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You may not know it yet, but Wicca Phase Springs Eternal, aka Adam McIlwee, is one of the most influential names in a vital new direction of underground music. His already extensive discography features an eclectic range of sounds, inspirations, and collaborators, and has earned him a reputation as ‘your favorite artist’s favorite artist.’ Now with his latest EP, Corinthiax, McIlwee continues to advance his innate gift with words and melody, while creating a gateway for the uninitiated.
McIlwee’s creative intuition dates back to his time in Tigers Jaw, the trailblazing band he spearheaded before walking away in 2013 to embark on another ambitious new chapter. He began to hone Wicca Phase’s singular sound through a prolific series of releases that blended the incisive wit of songwriters like Nick Cave with heart-on-sleeve earnestness and modern hip hop percussion. This unexpected mix of dark electronics, trap rhythms, and alternative music initially caught some off-guard, but as his creativity continued to grow, so did his audience.
Finding himself at the forefront of a burgeoning musical movement, McIlwee co-founded GothBoiClique: a 10-person collective that assembled some of the best artists of this new style under one banner, and helped shape its fervent community. All the while, the enigmatic Wicca Phase continued throwing musical curveballs — including 2017’s acoustic Raw and Declawed EP — proving that despite the growing popularity of the sound he helped forge, McIlwee is in a creative sphere all his own.
Corinthiax is the logical next step in McIlwee’s ever-evolving sound. Produced by Foxwedding, mixed by Dylan Kim, and mastered by Will Yip, the EP deftly utilizes the elements that made Wicca Phase a cult favorite and expands them into impressive new territory. McIlwee’s vividly raw voice is the crux: simultaneously assured and vulnerable, delivering darkly sensitive tales of longing with an occult flourish and infectious hooks. Corinthiax encapsulates Wicca Phase Springs Eternal’s intriguing fusion of mystery and honesty, welcoming new listeners without slowing McIlwee’s uncontainable drive for evolution.
03/17 San Antonio, TX @ Trees
04/06 Brooklyn, NY @ The Kingsland *
04/07 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church*
04/14 Boston, MA @ Sonia*
04/15 Providence, RI @ Fete*
05/03 Chicago, IL @ Subterranean*
05/04 Detroit, MI @ Pike Room*
05/05 Colunbus, OH @ Big Room Bar*
05/06 Cleveland, OH @ Mahalls*
05/12 Houston, TX @ Satellite Bar
05/13 Austin, TX @ Barracuda
06/11 London, UK @ Camden Assembly
06/12 Amsterdam, NL @ Sugar Factory
06/14 Paris, FR @ Pop Up Du Label
06/15 Mannheim, DE @ Maifeld Derby Festival
06/17 Warsaw, PL @ Chmury
*w/ Fantasy Camp, Lil Zubin