The Listening Post: Esben and the Witch

I don’t like Danish fairytales, or really any fairytales for that matter. But I do like music, and even though Esben and the Witch share their name with a Danish fairytale this Brighton band is thankfully free from ogres and witches. The haunting vocals of frontwoman Rachel Davies can cause shivers to run down your spine, think Florence but with less sweetness and more creepiness.

Their latest single ‘Chorea’ was released on Record Store Day this year and it sounds like it belongs on the soundtrack of a wonderfully bleak horror movie. The cries accompanying the vocals and the muffled lyrics of the chorus only add to the mystique of this underground band.


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