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ESBEN AND THE WITCH have been gaining momentum over the past few months, releasing a super limited edition single through the Too Pure singles club, and playing a very well received set at this years Field Day festival. Their music is ethereal, only more in the eerie than Enya sense of the word, an eeriness inspired as much by books as any record – they’re as into Bacon and Bosch as they are Björk or (Kate) Bush. They hover enigmatically between goth, electronica, trip-hop and post-rock. In Fisher and Copeman’s by turns soft and stormy instrumental interference of Killing Joke’s tribal thunder, there are echoes of Aphex’s glitchy gall, of Portishead’s serene menace and of the abstract invention of Radiohead circa Kid A. Instantly captivating, they channel something romantic and gothic, a shadow of something intangible and otherworldly.
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