Esben And The Witch – 'Wash the Sins Not Only the Face' album review
Read our 'Wash the Sins Not Only the Face' album review and tell us what you think
Tue Jan 22 2013
Esben And The Witch – 'Wash the Sins Not Only the Face'
- Rated as: 3/5
It’s dark outside, which is just how Esben And The Witch like it. This Brighton band know that in the half-light between dreaming and waking the world looks entirely different – full of things terrifying and wonderful. The indie trio’s second album is sublime (in the gothic sense), brooding and a notch or two above your average ‘Twilight’ movie soundtrack. Its lyrics are stream-of-consciousness mantras: ‘supine/ divine/ lost in dream time’, coos singer Rachel Davies on ‘Slow Wave’. Below her dramatic, Nico-esque vocals, guitar melodies churn in currents of reverb and delay. It’s a sound somewhere between the levity and fuzziness of Beach House and the macabre romanticism of Warpaint, but lacking some of the precision and originality of those two bands. In a word ‘Wash the Sins Not Only the Face’ is sleepy – warm and enjoyable, but tantalisingly close to dropping off into gothic cliché.
Watch 'Deathwaltz' video now
Read more music features
‘Where’s the fucking melody?’ Elly Jackson sets us right about songcraft, splits and the solitary life
The 86-year-old songwriting legend reveals the secrets of his youthful vigour: lightweight sneakers and clean teeth, apparently
These Twitter heart throbs topped the chart at the weekend – here's what you should know
Meet the London band who are getting ready to tour the UK by canal boat