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Brighton trio Esben & The Witch are back...and this time they've brought acres of goth tinged misery and epic love lorn balladry. I guess if I was throwing lazy genre shapes about the place, or if I was a scribe for a popular music mag (errrmmm...what's the difference?) I'd say these guys were Folk Noir. Sounds awful doesn't it? But its better than my genre idea which was Black Lace. Y'kn ...

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6/10 Dave Staff review, 27 January 2011

Brighton trio Esben & The Witch are back...and this time they've brought acres of goth tinged misery and epic love lorn balladry. I guess if I was throwing lazy genre shapes about the place, or if I was a scribe for a popular music mag (errrmmm...what's the difference?) I'd say these guys were Folk Noir. Sounds awful doesn't it? But its better than my genre idea which was Black Lace. Y'know, its all gothic and erm...lacy. Esben & The Witch have a grandiose, lavish sound that veers from stark minimalism to HUGE EPIC GOTHIC CHANTING and then back to a more softer almost Portishead type brand of electronica. They write songs that have a romantic, sometimes disturbing feel. They write songs about disease and suicide, and then they will move to heart wrenching balladry territory, with a nod to Siouxie & The Banshees and maybe even Bjork. It's all a bit poncy for me but one thing I do like about them is that their not writing "OH-OH-OH" type indie shit or crappy songs about longing after boys/girls. Its a pretty consistent album..in the sense that a song will follow another song. An interesting if flouncy slab of vinyl.


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