Almost from the start, Esben & The Witch were marked out as something different.
The way the band held themselves onstage, the way the music seemed to envelope you in some dark grasp pointed towards a unit who were carefully carving out their own identity.
With a new album fast approaching, the Brighton band look to have take yet another powerful step forward. 'Wash The Sins Not Only The Face' is wrought with near claustrophobic levels of self doubt. A difficult album to penetrate, it's ghostly hands seem to smother you when you least expect it.
Ahead of its release, Esben & The Witch have built a promo clip for album cut 'Despair'. Featuring two males dancers choreographed against the fading sun, the video is every bit as engrossing and disconcerting as the track itself.
Watch it now.
Despair video credits:
Dancing and choreography by Simon Fowler and Simon Palmer
Director of Photography: Matt Bowron
Produced by Bradley Kulisic and Esben and the Witch
Edited by Matt Bowron
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Esben & The Witch are set to release 'Wash The Sins Not Only The Face' on January 21st. The band have also pieced together the following shows:
20 Brighton Green Door Store
22 London Rough Trade East
7 Birmingham Hare & Hounds
8 Glasgow School Of Art
9 Manchester Bunker
26 London Scala