12 Songs, 52 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Taking its name from a Danish fairy tale, Esben & The Witch weave sonic spells of dark power on their album debut Violet Cries. At first blush, the British trio might seem to be updating Siouxsie & The Banshees’ goth-punk aesthetic in these tracks. But band members Thomas Fisher, Daniel Copeman, and Rachael Davies establish their own identity through a rigorous use of astringent noise and a medieval-minded lyric sensibility. Davies’ tormented, echo-bathed vocal presence is surrounded by billowing clouds of feedback and throbbing electronic pulses that rise and recede to dramatic effect. The single “Marching Song” defines the album’s intentions — its apocalyptic lyrics and ominous arrangement confront the listener like a bayonet in the ribs. The churning “Warpath” and the jittery “Hexagon IV” likewise explore nether-regions of the soul. Davies offers a seductive incantation in “Light Streams” as the track passes from eerie calm into panic-wracked cacophony. At its best, Violet Cries has a cinematic quality, with “Eumenides” and “Argyria” suggesting vast landscapes of unfolding light and shadow.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Taking its name from a Danish fairy tale, Esben & The Witch weave sonic spells of dark power on their album debut Violet Cries. At first blush, the British trio might seem to be updating Siouxsie & The Banshees’ goth-punk aesthetic in these tracks. But band members Thomas Fisher, Daniel Copeman, and Rachael Davies establish their own identity through a rigorous use of astringent noise and a medieval-minded lyric sensibility. Davies’ tormented, echo-bathed vocal presence is surrounded by billowing clouds of feedback and throbbing electronic pulses that rise and recede to dramatic effect. The single “Marching Song” defines the album’s intentions — its apocalyptic lyrics and ominous arrangement confront the listener like a bayonet in the ribs. The churning “Warpath” and the jittery “Hexagon IV” likewise explore nether-regions of the soul. Davies offers a seductive incantation in “Light Streams” as the track passes from eerie calm into panic-wracked cacophony. At its best, Violet Cries has a cinematic quality, with “Eumenides” and “Argyria” suggesting vast landscapes of unfolding light and shadow.

TITLE TIME

Ratings and Reviews

4.3 out of 5
19 Ratings

19 Ratings

Pslightly Psycho ,

A Wicked "Witch"

If you have not seen the video clip for "Marching Song," check it out. You will never forget it. As for this band, darkness has never sounded so dreamy , lush, and at times menacing. Three extremely talented young people whose "nightmare pop" seduces as well as scares. Simply brilliant material.

kosherspecialK ,

Nope

Seriously depressing. I was in a good mood 10 minutes ago. I have to go get some sage.

circlzero ,

Amazing album!

Its pure ethereal goodness!

More By Esben and the Witch

You May Also Like