Something ancient and primordial stalks the four tracks on the fourth full-length of ESBEN AND THE WITCH. The haunting voice of Rachel Davies weaves arcane spells through hypnotic patterns. Interlaced in these invocations is the emotive string sorcery provided by guitarist Thomas Fisher, while Daniel Copeman evokes a state of trance with his shamanic drumming and wide sonic landscapes painted by electronic synthesizer magic.
ESBEN AND THE WITCH were formed in Brighton, a windswept English seaside resort, when Daniel Copeman hooked up with Thomas Fisher in 2008. After a
number of failed auditions for a vocalist, Fisher had a chance meeting with longtime friend Rachel Davies, who proved to be the perfect fit as singer for the newly created three-piece. A band name was found in the foreboding Danish fairy-tale “Esben and the Witch”.
The self-released ’33 EP’ (2009) and a 7″ single entitled ‘Lucia, at the Precipice’ (2010) caused a vibrant buzz that led to a first record deal. With the single ‘Marching Song’ (2010), ESBEN AND THE WITCH heralded their debut full-length ‘Violet Cries’, a Gothic post-rock nightmare that hit the stores in January 2011. The album was immediately picked up by critics and fans alike, managing to climb to #13 in the UK Indie Chart. Two singles, ‘Warpath’ and ‘Chorea’ and the digital ‘Hexagons’ EP followed in the same year.
2012 saw the trio commence work on their sophomore album ‘Wash the Sins Not Only the Face’ which was released in early 2013 and again scored critical praise. ESBEN AND THE WITCH decided to take matters into their own hands and published the third full-length ‘A New Nature’ (2014) on their own imprint, ‘Nostromo Records’. The band travelled to Chicago to record with Steve Albini and the result was an intense, sprawling creation inspired by the trio’s increasingly heavy live show.
Having established themselves as a highly individual act and an excellent reputation as an outstanding live force, ESBEN AND THE WITCH have honed their songwriting skills to the sharp crystalline edge that now manifests itself clearly on ‘Older Terrors’. Beauty, emotion, and musical depth celebrate a glorious wedding on these tracks. You are herewith invited to join this aural feast.
ARCHITECT is a unique hybrid of idm, electronica and smooth ambient soundscapes inexhaustibly explored by german mastermind daniel myer. in a career spanning over fifteen years daniel has been connected to but never belonged to a host of scenes and styles. architect was created in 1998 and has since proven his mettle on a multitude of releases and on countless acclaimed concerts worldwide. in 2010 alan wilder (recoil) discovered architect’s brilliance, which led to daniel performing as a support act for recoil on several acclaimed shows in europe and the united states. architects most pronounced quality is the accomplished combination of powerful grooves and atmospheric soundscapes resulting in music that is suitable for both listening and dancing.
architect’s sixth full length album “mine” constitutes an appreciable shift in direction compared to his previous works by adding compositional and instrumental brand new to this project. supported by well-respected artists like ben lukas boys a.k.a. hecq, guitarist and cellist felix gerlach, dean samardzic (dsx), legendary producer, engine and remixer paul kendall, canadian musician and sound designer coma duster and hungarian vocalist emus aria-illes (black nail cabaret), architect marches to no one’s beat but his own, expanding ambitious electronica with comprehensive down-tempo song structures, moderate yet decisive beats and precise keyboard and strings arrangements build the foundation for emcee’s exceptional voice transmitting suspense, depth and sinister beauty with perfectly fitting lyrics.
depending on how when you listen, this atmospheric release can fill you with menace and sadness, or send you into a deep reverie. uncompromising, muscular and powerful, the music of “mine” is also full of subtle touches and a supple sense of rhythm.
highly recommended for devotees of moderat, recoil or black lanterns – this album will be yours for sure.
With her sophomore album „Wistful“, multi-instrumentalist SYLVAINE delved deeper into her characteristic ambient wall-of-sound landscapes that are painted by beautiful melodies, lingering guitar riffs and atmospheres, which are all underlined by a solid groove. The Norwegian has developed her own sound that owes more to the likes of shoegaze, post-rock or darkwave music, but still utilizes a few impulses from heavier places.
SYLVAINE’s music and lyrics are inspired by life seen as a constant conflict with oneself, haunted by numerous emotions that seemingly will never be laid to rest. Melancholic tones color the auditory side as well as the visual side of the project, revealing the eternal longing for something more residing within the music.
Date at Midnight formed in Rome in 2007, and quickly established a reputation both in Italy and abroad: during last years they’ve been playing extensively in Germany, Spain, France, Austria, Switzerland; the current line – up features Daniele De Angelis (voice), Pasquale Vico (bass), Francesco Barone (guitar) and Francesco Mignogna (drums), who joined the band in 2012, succeeding to former drummer Danilo Staniscia. After their debut, self – titled EP (2008), they signed an agreement with Manic Depression Records to release in 2012 their first full – length, “No Love”. They are distinguished by a powerful sound in which the ruins of the Eternal City meet the chaotic feelings of metropolitan landscapes, introspective sensations, and pervasive irony, combining the instinct of Post-punk, the dramatic attitude of Deathrock and Gothic Rock, and the atmosphere of (Italian) New Wave in a very personal style, resulting in solid rhythms with abrasive guitar and theatrical vocals, both with English and Italian lyrics.