Still arguably one of the most left-field acts to ever receive a ‘BBC Sound of’ nomination, that’s not stopped Esben and the Witch creating some the most fucked up soundscapes of the decade.
Their debut album Violet Cries came out at the start of 2011 and delivered ten uncompromising tracks which weaved together a rich tapestry of dense and mystical fairytales. Equal parts stark beauty and deathly misery encompassed in an unsettling, atmospheric gloom and ethereal soundscapes.
The most immediate track is probably Marching Song, yet still it’s nothing but dark and relenting in its approach with Rachel’s vocal incantations wailing like a gothic enchantress throughout.
I remain a devote servant.