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I was once very dismissive of this Brighton band. I think it was their first EP on Matador that irked me. Their name too. I think a lot of music in 2010 annoyed me. Maybe I wasn't very happy at the state of it all? Anyway, along with Thought Forms (another female-fronted 3-piece they have strong ties with) they really impressed this old soldier with their powerful dynamics and moody, impassioned r ...

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A New Nature by Esben And The Witch
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8/10 Brian Staff review, 05 September 2014

I was once very dismissive of this Brighton band. I think it was their first EP on Matador that irked me. Their name too. I think a lot of music in 2010 annoyed me. Maybe I wasn't very happy at the state of it all? Anyway, along with Thought Forms (another female-fronted 3-piece they have strong ties with) they really impressed this old soldier with their powerful dynamics and moody, impassioned rock at Supernormal over the Summer. I felt awful for giving their EP such a nonchalant flick-off all those years before as they're actually a whip-tight and heavily dramatic-sounding unit displaying genuine chops and a dizzying intensity. Even their Danish fairytale-derived moniker seems quite sweet now.

The early PJ Harvey comparisons are not to be ignored. Their diminutive bass-throttling frontwoman Rachel Davies has a refined, ethereal yet sometimes fierce wail on her and the music isn't actually the "over produced sub-Goth chuff" as it once appeared. Between the three of them they kick out a brooding, atmospheric form of rock that straddles the tender and coruscating, laced with both noisy plumes of distortion, low grinding bass and atmosphere-drenched post-rock touches. Even a smattering of trumpet. Yeah, I can see some closet Goths being into this purely for the unfurling theatrics and windswept moods on offer but it's nice to recognise many of these songs from their set; for they are strong tunes designed to build-up maximum tension before releasing a sonic cavalcade of considerable force onto their audience.

Quality music imbued with suspense, fervour and a brooding beauty. 'A New Nature' demands a thorough, immersive listen, I can rest easy now I've given this group back the kudos they undoubtedly deserve.




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