Recommended by CD Baby:
"The Liquor Witch is the kind of ambitious and nakedly sincere rock album that people have apparently forgotten how to make. Somewhere between the vapid state of mainstream music and the uber-hip indie rock nonsense lies this broken but beautiful album ."
-- Splendid Music
"Pay attention, indie-folk hipsters! This is one of those records you want to add to your collection, then mention to your friends in casual conversation."
-- Mammoth Press
"Hoen’s never gotten enough credit as a songwriter, as that guy who can make your blood run cold even as you wish you were him. Liquor Witch can be the album to do it for you, and if you need more proof of his diversity, drop in on “We Are Pedestrians.” If you’ve ever moved away from friends or lovers — or moved away from pain — it’ll reach right into your chest."
-- Johnny Loftus, Detour Magazine.
For fans of: My Morning Jacket, The National, Wilco, Ryan Adams, Nick Cave, Sun Kil Moon.
From Greyday Records website:
The Liquor Witch is the debut solo release from Brooklyn-based singer/songwriter Sean Madigan Hoen, frontman of the Detroit-based Leaving Rouge (Greyday) and The Holy Fire (Militia Group). Hoen has slummed in the trenches of music subculture for over a decade, recording, touring and developing a bad habit of walking away from his bands as they seem on the brink of becoming known.
The Liquor Witch is Hoen's debut "solo" outing and the music contained here is awkwardly beautiful, imperfect, and undeniably moving. Recorded sporadically during 2006, the album opens with “We Are Pedestrians,” a soundscape based on one revolving set of piano chords that stretches on for five and a half minutes. By the song’s end, Hoen is heard laughing maniacally beneath a wash of spastic trumpets and distortion, yet the quaint melody of the piece remains the focus.
The album is filled with dissimilar songs that somehow settle into one another. “Heat of the Bight” is straight out of a Lyle Lovett/Bruce Springsteen songbook while “Makes You Lovely” (featuring the Alkaline Trio’s Derek Grant) merges alt country pedal steel with an almost trip-hop groove.
The final piece of music recorded for the album was the title track, penned and four-tracked in a dingy Coney Island haunt. There is a sense of clearing and penance as Hoen sings “Fix me, sober and homely/Warm and safe, herbal and boney.” In a just world these songs might blare from the windows of lonely apartments across the world, but as it is those of us who have stumbled upon The Liquor Witch can listen alone, feeling like we’re in on something that the rest of them are missing out on. (Greyday, 2007)