ES­BEN & THE WITCH

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - Music -

THE LOW-DOWN Do we need an­other group of moody young twen­tysome­things who are fla­grantly in thrall to bands such as The Cure, Ride and Siouxsie and the Ban­shees? When they’re as good as Es­ben & the Witch, then the an­swer is yes, we do. Named af­ter a Dan­ish fairy tale about an al­tru­is­tic young man, there’s a spark about this fe­male-fronted Brighton-based trio that burns fiercer and stead­ier than many of their dis­pos­able con­tem­po­raries. They im­pressed Mata­dor Records so much that the well-re­spected la­bel made the band their first Bri­tish sign­ing in more than five years. With sin­gles as bril­liant as brood­ing slow­burner Lu­cia, at the Precipice, it’s not hard to see why. Lay­ers of cas­cad­ing gui­tar and drums swathe their mys­ti­cal, echoed shoegaze. Al­bum Vi­o­let Cries is out at the end of Jan­uary.

SOUND­BITE “What The xx might sound like if they’d been raised on My Bloody Valen­tine”

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