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Esben and the Witch

English trio Esben and the Witch (named after a Danish fairytale) once described their own music as ‘nightmare pop’. It’s a fine name for the gothic-like rock of Esben and the Witch, a sound that has some similarities to that of Siouxsie and the Banshees, partly because of front woman Rachel Davies’ voice. Yet the ‘gothic pop’ sound of the Brighton trio has slowly receded for a harsher sound: apocalyptic post-rock with tight doom and stoner riffs, with Rachel Davies’ pitch perfect vocals coupled with ghost-like tension. This is a change in course that started on their 2016 album “Older Terrors” . Newer work is on the way and is expected to come out soon.

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