Click here for photos of Esben & The Witch at 2013 Beacons Festival in Skipton, U.K. in the QRO Concert Photo Gallery
Click here for photos of Esben & The Witch at 2012 Tramlines Festival in Sheffield, U.K. in the QRO Concert Photo Gallery
Click here for photos of Esben & The Witch at Electrowerkz in London, U.K. on November 10th, 2010 in the QRO Concert Photo Gallery
Click here for photos of Esben 8 The Witch at 2010 Haldern Pop Festival in Rees-Haldern, Germany in the QRO Concert Photo Gallery
For a decade-and-a-half now, England’s Esben & The Witch have been making haunting ‘mood music’ that brings to mind the dark fairy tale that they’re named after. This is not for the club, whether rock or dance, but rather home alone (or perhaps a forest) at night. This continues with the stark Hold Sacred.
Limiting their effects and instrumentation, much of Sacred is just singer Rachel Davies’ voice and the band’s background effects, echoing as if in an empty, abandoned church. There is some variation, such as the more pressing “In Ecstasy” or the better evocation of emotional pain with “True Mirror”, but the album is largely to be taken as a whole, a long night’s journey that has no light at the end, just a flickering candle throughout.
If you don’t want your darkness, if you don’t want to be alone, look elsewhere, but for those who crave solitude and embrace sorrow, Hold Sacred Esben & The Witch.