Daily Dose Pick: Esben and the Witch


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


Stream Violet Cries in full in the player below.