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Album Review: Esben and the Witch - Violet Cries

Album Review: Esben and the Witch - Violet Cries

Friday 11th February, 2011 11:19AM

When one calls their band Esben and the Witch, their debut album Violet Cries and packages it within a gate-fold of dead trees, their direction if obvious, and I imagine purposeful: swooning melancholia set within a bed of alternative-rock and post punk musicality is Esben and the Witch, part and parcel. And expected results are often boring because of their formulaic nature. But Esben and the Witch approach their aesthetic with such purpose that Violet Cries, rather than contrite, is as interesting as it would have been if the cover hadn’t been so telling.

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