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Strictly Albums Of The Year: Violet Cries – Esben And The Witch

Released 31st January 2011 by Matador Records

Chart Performance: Violet Cries reached number 13 on the UK Indie Charts but failed to chart on in the top 200.

What The Critics Said: “Layered, expansive and driven by the kind of shadowy dynamics Portishead might call their own, Esben And The Witch display an effortless aptitude for creating a sense of drama and intrigue.” Clash

Goth weepers Esben And The Witch are a Brighton based three piece. Daunting and haunting are the best two words to describe this youthful ghoulish band.

Goth music will and always be mocked in this day and age, and of course it’ll never be as popular as the term ”Goth” was back in the mid 80s, The Cure, Sisters Of Mercy anyone? Esben And The Witch have managed to keep the Goth music, youthful, spine binding and nightmarish without denting the laughable theatrical nature that Goth music has been associated with for many years.

Violet Cries within itself, is a breathtakingly lean hunchback of an album, full of little teary eyed moments. Filled with theatrical melodies locked in transit with the holy deadly opera-era vocals. ”Warpath” is layered with ghoulish synths whilst unsettling thumping noise permeate ”Marching Song”, with this on edge character being hurried through a series of gloom-doomed riffs.

”Marine Fields Grow” is oozing in gloom chilli, lead singer Rachel Davies’ heroic vocals sound like she has become possessed by the backlog of synths laden guitars. The album is awash with astonishingly creepy, Exorcist style vocals.┬áRachel sings like a human trying to change into wolf like figure during the full moon throughout most of Violet Cries, some would say painful. I say magical.

Esben And The Witch have managed to twist Violet Cries into a big atmospheric, a dark tale of unsettling waves within emotionally exhausting ten songs. Simone F



Author: david

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