Tuesday, 5 January 2010


Esben and the Witch is a Danish fairytale in the old tradition of the Grimm Brothers, when children books were dark, scary, full of monsters, witches, death and cruelty to children. Before political correctness when mad and children's minds overprotected and irrigated with neo-puritanism and Hannah Montana. At least Tim Burton is still trying to pervert them the old way from time to time.
So well, from this dark fairytale is where these three young guys from Brighton take their name and part of their inspiration. Expect mysterious sounds, atmospheres, some background noise, dark lyrics and eerie vocals from Rachael who impregnates the songs with her ethereal voice. The easiest reference to name is that of fellow Brighton settled musician Bat for Lashes although the use of guitars and abstract melodies sometimes get closer to Siouxsie & the Banshees and some other British post punk legends like Bauhaus but incorporating some electronic elements or medieval arrangements sending their songs close to Piano Magic. They released a 5 songs EP called 33 that you can download for free at their website
or buy on CD at one of their gigs. They also handed out a song in the 4 split compilation 12" Dance to the Radio 4x12" volume 3, although the other 3 bands appearing are far less interesting than them. And if you are interested in the fairytale itself you can read it on their Myspace site.

Esben and the Witch - Marching Song.mp3


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