Daily Dose Pick: Esben and the Witch

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Named after a Danish fairy tale, UK trio Esben and the Witch create a dense, chilling, and spellbinding world within the layered sonics of their debut album.

Evocative of a dark alliance formed between Florence and the Machine and the women of Warpaint, Violet Cries is filled with songs whose titles loom as large as their enveloping atmospherics: “Hexagons IV,” “Eumenides,” and, more bluntly, “Warpath.” At its most grandiose, it’s a call to arms (“Battlecry” and “Marching Song” are other titular clues you’ll discover), while at its subtlest, it’s the soundtrack to every spooky fable — including the one from which the band takes its moniker.

Visit Esben and the Witch’s official website, become a fan on Facebook, visit them on MySpace, catch the band on tour in SF, LA, Chicago, and NYC, and buy the album

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Stream Violet Cries in full in the player below.