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Esben and The Witch Wash the Sins Not Only the Face (2013)

 Esben and the Witch ≈ Wash the Sins Not Only the Face (2013)

 Esben and the Witch — Wash the Sins Not Only the Face
Formed: 2008 in Brighton
Location: Brighton, England
Album release: January 19th, 2013
Record Label: Matador 
Duration:     46:41
01 Iceland Spar       2:34
02 Slow Wave       4:36
03 When That Head Splits       4:34
04 Shimmering       4:34
05 Deathwaltz       4:57
06 Yellow Wood       5:41
07 Despair       2:50
08 Putting Down The Prey       4:16
09 The Fall Of Glorieta Mountain       5:13
10 Smashed To Pieces In The Still Of       7:31                                                            /// Credits:
Electronics, Synthesizer, Percussion, Bass, Guitar, Composed By — Daniel Copeman
Guitar, Composed By — Thomas Fisher (2)
Mastered By — Nick Zampiello, Rob Gonnella
Mixed By — Esben And The Witch (tracks: 1, 4, 5, 7 to 10), Gareth Jones (tracks: 2, 3, 6), Tom Morris (tracks: 1, 4, 5, 7 to 10)
Performer, Composed By, Producer — Esben And The Witch, Tom Morris
Vocals, Bass, Guitar, Composed By — Rachel Davies (4) 

Rachel Davies
Daniel Copeman
Thomas Fisher
Wash the Sins not Only the Face is the second album from Brighton–based trio Esben and the Witch. To make their second album, Esben and the Witch questioned, challenged and rewired their past to find the way to their future. They wanted the album to unfurl like a journey, like a day, where opening songs are possessed of a brightness, an optimism that ebbs away over the record’s course.
Unlike debut album Violet Cries, the lyrics of Wash the Sins not Only the Face were written solely by Rachel Davies and are influenced by surrealism.
Esben and The Witch combines ethereal post rock with haunting vocals and noisy atmosphere. It is nice to see them signed to Matador Records, a label who has Cat Power and Sonic Youth on their shelves. Touring with Foals and The Big Pink also brings attention to them.
Website: www.esbenandthewitch.co.uk
MySpace: http://www.myspace.com/esbenandthewitch
Facebook: www.facebook.com/esbenandthewitch
Management: Bradley Kulisic & Mike Diver -
US Booking: Tom Windish -
EU/ROW Booking: Ed Thompson -
Influences And Musical Style:
Esben and the Witch said they have been influenced by the geography and poetry, Thomas Fisher said “I think the reason we cite things like that as our influences is because its harder to pin down your musical influences to a couple of artists who you like. I think it’s more complex than that because you’re shaped by all kinds of things that you listen to. Sometimes you might not necessarily like the entire thing but there’s parts that you find inspiring within it. Whereas, the things we find in like literature and art just seem sort of interesting”. Esben and the Witch are usually associated with the gothic rock scene. Rachel said about this “I think um, yeah it’s funny it has been mentioned a lot. But I think the key to it is the difference between ‘Goth’ and ‘Gothic’ and um, being affiliated with the Gothic side of things is, you know, something we are quite happy to be involved with. Not that we would put ourselves into that category, but there’s definitely a link between our music and that architecture and literature”.
If you go down to the woods today...
The atmospheric indie rock of Brighton’s Esben & The Witch has advanced into the consciousness of the music press over the course of 2010 like a descending fog of critical approval. The band were formed in 2008, when guitarist Thomas Fisher persuaded Daniel Copeman to share the tracks he had been working on with a live audience, with Rachel Davies filling the vocalist vacancy which completed the trio.
The group took their name from a Danish fairytale and cite influences as varied as Björk, Portishead and Francis Bacon. They were soon making waves on Brighton’s live music scene including favourable reviews from the Great Escape festival. Self–released debut EP 33 followed and hype from the likes of The Line Of Best Fit, who were charmed by Esben’s “Nightmare Pop” and NME, who found the trio “startlingly accomplished” began to bubble.
Too Pure release Lucia, At The Precipice kick started 2010 for the trio before support slots for Foals, Deerhunter and Esben fans The xx brought them to the attention of a wider audience. Soon Matador Records were heading a list of suitors, making Esben & The Witch their first UK signing in six years. November saw Esben shortlisted for Q Magazine's Next Big Thing award, losing out to fellow Sound Of 2011 artist Clare Maguire, and announce January 31 as release date for debut album Violet Cries. 2011 is sure to dream up a few “Nightmare Pop” highlights for the South coasters.

Esben and the WitchPhotograph by Jonathan Hyde Esben and the Witch                                                                                                © Photo credit: Jonathan Hyde

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