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EAR CANDY | [STREAM] Esben & the Witch, ‘Violet Cries’ + MP3

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You’ll like them if you like: Bat for Lashes, zombiefied Florence + the Machine, Ouija boards, Warpaint, Zola Jesus, those stupid ghost hunting tv shows.

Must listen to: “Lucia, at the Precipice,” “About This Peninsula,”

Esben & the Witch are descending upon North America and are on a warpath, ready to take on anything and everyone with the release of their debut full-length, Violet Cries (via Matador). But you can stream the entire album below before its Feb. 8 US/Canada release date! The Brighton three-piece first popped up on the radar when they offered their self-released EP 33 for free download. Their dark, brooding, and ominous creations embedded with the dragged out vocals of Rachel Davies caught the attention of The xx, who they later toured with; they’ve also toured with Foals.

[LISTEN]: Esben & the Witch – “About This Peninsula” (from 33)

“About This Peninsula” was the first track of theirs that I heard, and to me, its instrumentation (specifically the guitar work) sounded very reminiscent of Warpaint’s Exquisite Corpse EP (which I adore). Plus they have English accents and used the word “folly,” “peninsula,” and mentioned “Icarus”! Ding ding ding–hooked!

You can download “Warpath” the second single off Violet Cries below (or watch the new video). Also check out the video for the first single, “Marching Song” here.

[MP3]: Esben & the Witch – “Warpath” (right-click, save as) [via]

They’ll be playing Toronto’s Wrongbar for Canadian Music Week on March 11 (on the same bill a Guelph’s Memoryhouse), so it should be an amazingly atmospheric (and creepy) show. You can check out their full tour dates below!

Just a tip–if you’re afraid of the dark, ghosts, or are just easily scared in general, do no listen to this album before you go to sleep. (“Battlecry/Mimicry” is especially unsettling.) Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

Tour Dates

01/31 – Bristol, UK @ The Louisiana
02/01 – Brighton, UK @ Pavilion Theatre
02/02 – Manchester, UK @ Marc Riley Manchester Radio Show
02/03 – Newcastle, UK @ Other Rooms
02/04 – Edinburgh, UK @ Sneaky Pete’s
02/05 – Nottingham, UK @ Rescue Rooms
02/07 – Sheffield, UK @ The Harley
02/08 – Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds
02/09 – London, UK @ XOYO
02/11 – Brussels, Belgium @ Botanique/Rotonde
02/12 – Amsterdam, Netherlands @ Paradiso
02/13 – Cologne, Germany @ Gebäude
02/14 – Hamburg, Germany @ Molotow
02/16 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Loppen
02/17 – Berlin, Germany @ Comet
02/19 – Saint Malo, France @ Route Du Rock Festival
02/21 – Paris, France @ Point Ephemere
03/03 – Washington, DC @ Red Palace
03/04 – Brooklyn, NY @ The Bell House
03/05 – New York, NY @ Mercury Lounge
03/06 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall
03/07 – Philadelphia, PA @ Kung Fu Necktie
03/08 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Brillobox
03/09 – Akron, OH @ Musica
03/10 – Chicago, IL @ Empty Bottle
03/11 – Toronto, ON @ Wrongbar
03/12 – Denton, TX @ 35 Conferette
03/19 – Austin, TX @ Mess With Texas
03/22 – Los Angeles, CA @ Bootleg Theater
03/23 – San Francisco, CA @ Bottom of the Hill
03/24 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios
03/25 – Seattle, WA @ Sunset Tavern
03/26 – Vancouver, BC @ The Waldorf Hotel

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