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Season of The Witch

| March 7, 2011 | 0 Comments


 
Emerging from the U.K. in 2008, Ebsen & The Witch come Stateside with Violet Cries, their first U.S. release on Matador. Blending ethereal sonic landscapes with pulsating rhythmic metallic seasonings, this record is both compelling and comprehensive — juggling myriad musical styles and emotional artistic statements. Not unlike early (Sid Barrett-era) Pink Floyd or the more ambient stylings of Cocteau Twins, Ebsen & The Witch take you to an unconscious atmosphere and leave you floating there.

Consisting of guitarist/electronic whiz Daniel Copeman, guitarist/keyboardist Thomas Fisher, and vocalist/bassist Rachel Davies, Ebsen & The Witch make music for warriors without the aid of drummer. Ironically, it’s the rhythmic intensity of this record that makes it so appealing. With titles like “Battlecry,” “Marching Song,” and “Warpath,” the band seem obsessed with mythological power struggles. There is rarely a resolution, only the fight. For particular tastes, but those who are attracted, a love affair is likely to occur. (Thursday@Empty Bottle with Wiseblood and Family Band.)
 
— Bruce Pilato

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