Esben And The Witch - Violet Cries

Dark, atmospheric Brighton post-punk/goth trio Esben And The Witch take their name from a Danish fairytale, one of those stories starring a witch and her oven. The cover art on their full-length remains reminiscent of Current 93’s Where The Long Shadows Fall (or a purplish take on a nature-worshipping black metal record), but the blustery, monumental blend  of guitars, effects, keyboards, tom-tom is more akin to Zola Jesus collaborating with Scott Walker or a bombastic Kate Bush-loving electronic act taking some lessons from Mogwai on the art of the deep crescendo. As far as the overall temperature and spaciousness, you wouldn’t be wrong to think of Portishead. That, and the label’s nod to PiL’s Flowers Of Romance should make perfect sense, especially if you’ve heard “Warpath” (or seen its intense video). The 10-song collection gains momentum and power when experienced as a 43-minute whole, so take a listen from the slow-release opening to the final fitful outburst:

Violet Cries is out 1/31 in the UK/Europe and 2/8 in the US via Matador.

01/31 – Bristol, UK @ The Louisiana
02/01 – Brighton, UK @ Pavilion Theatre
02/02 – Manchester, UK @ Marc Riley Manchester Radio Show
02/03 – Newcastle, UK @ Other Rooms
02/04 – Edinburgh, UK @ Sneaky Pete’s
02/05 – Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms
02/07 – Sheffield, UK @ The Harley
02/08 – Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds
02/09 – London, UK @ XOYO
02/11 – Brussels, Belgium @ Botanique/Rotonde
02/12 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
02/13 – Cologne, Germany @ Gebäude
02/14 – Hamburg, Germany @ Molotow
02/16 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Loppen
02/17 – Berlin, Germany @ Comet
02/19 – Saint Malo, France @ Route Du Rock Festival
02/21 – Paris, France @ Point Ephemere
03/03 – Washington, DC @ Red Palace
03/04 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House
03/05 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
03/06 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
03/07 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
03/08 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox
03/09 – Akron, OH @ Musica
03/10 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
03/11 – Toronto, ON @ Wrongbar
03/12 – Denton, TX @ 35 Conferette
03/19 – Austin, TX @ Mess With Texas
03/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater
03/23 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
03/24 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
03/25 – Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
03/26 – Vancouver, BC @ The Waldorf Hotel

Esben And The Witch Promo 2010

Comments (1)
  1. I think this would be just the perfect reason to go to their upcoming concert in paradiso. late discovery for me, but better late than never.

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