Monday, October 18, 2010

Esben and the Witch – Marching Song

I’m completely haunted by Esben and the Witch’s “Marching Song.” The video and the song itself are thoroughly mesmerizing in a dark way that belies a terrifying violence bubbling beneath the surface.

It’s no surprise that this trio, hailing from Brighton, UK, derive their name from “Esben and the Witch,” a morbid fairy tale in the vein of Grimm’s and Hans Christian Anderson. With that frame in mind, one can think of their songs as beautifully frightening vignettes that contain the pain, angst, and longing of a slightly pared down version of Portishead.

They are simply stunning and have an amazingly unique sound that is certainly worth a listen. Be sure to check out their EP 33 and check out their show dates as they are currently making a swing through the US before heading back to the UK in November.

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