Skip to main content

Album Reviews


Music > Album Review


Esben & The Witch
- Wash The Sins Not Only The Face

Each track is noticeably different from the last and keeps you entertained and listening the whole way through.

Jan 30th 2013 | Label: Heavenly/PIAS
Opening track, Iceland Spar, sets the pace and tone for the rest of Wash The Sins Not Only The Face, the second album for Esben And The Witch. It starts with a cracking shoegazey riff and leads straight into the ethereal vocals of Rachel Davies. Often tagged as 'gothic rock' the Brighton trio have managed to craft a beautiful album that expands upon their acclaimed first release.

The first thing you realise upon listening to the album is that they aren't just doing what they did last time. You still have Davies' echoey vocals and Daniel Copeman's industrial-style drumming, but we now get a broader spectrum of playing styles and effects than were heard on debut album, Violet Cries. The track, Deathwaltz, gives us some great tremolo guitar while Despair sees a move into a more synth-driven piano line. Due to their name and the sound of their first album, many people took Esben And The Witch to be a purely gothic band. However, Wash The Sins Not Only The Face will definitely change people's perceptions of the band. While Davies' verses are definitely eerie and dark, there is a lot more to them than just that. They're a talented bunch of musicians and have a range beyond the description. Tracks on the album such as The Fall Of Glorieta Mountain provide a great interlude from the heavier side of the release into a wistful ballad. 

In the end what comes out from Esben And The Witch is an album full of surprises. Each track is noticeably different from the last and keeps you entertained and listening the whole way through.

Comments

Related Articles


Album > Review

Esben And The Witch Wash The Sins Not Only The Face Andy Snelling

Esben And The Witch Wash The Sins Not Only The Face Andy Snelling


Poster IT

Connect with The Music

Subscribe to Daily Newsletter

Galleries

<span>ARIA Awards 2014</span><br />The Star

ARIA Awards 2014
The Star

<span>The Music & MGM ARIA Week Party</span><br />Oxford Art Factory

The Music & MGM ARIA Week Party
Oxford Art Factory

<span>Mullum Music Festival 2014</span><br />

Mullum Music Festival 2014

<span>Kimbra</span><br />Metro Theatre

Kimbra
Metro Theatre

<span>Katy Perry</span><br />Allphones Arena

Katy Perry
Allphones Arena

<span>Guy Pearce</span><br />The Toff In Town

Guy Pearce
The Toff In Town

<span>Yes</span><br />Palais Theatre

Yes
Palais Theatre

<span>Joe Satriani</span><br />Astor Theatre

Joe Satriani
Astor Theatre

<span>CW Stoneking</span><br />Metro Theatre

CW Stoneking
Metro Theatre

this week's magazine

Digital Version
A Festival Called PANAMA Airlie Beach Music Festival Australasian Worldwide Music Expo Beyond The Valley Big Sky Blues & Roots Festival BIGSOUND Bleach Festival Blue Mountains Music Festival Blues At Bridgetown Bluesfest Breakfest Brisbane Festival Brunswick Music Festival Bruthen Blues & Arts Festival Caloundra Music Festival Campfire Festival CoLAB Dungog Festival Earth Frequency Festival Fairbridge Folk Festival Falls Festival Falls Festival Falls Festival Festival Of The Sun Follow The Sun Festival Future Music Festival Future Music Festival Future Music Festival Future Music Festival Future Music Festival Gorgeous Festival Great Southern Blues Festival Gympie Music Muster HyperFest JamGrass Music Festival Jungle Love Music & Arts Festival Just For Laughs Let Them Eat Cake Listen Out Listen Out Listen Out Listen Out Lost Paradise Melbourne Music Week Meredith Music Festival Mitchell Creek Rock 'n' Blues MOFO Mountain Sounds Mullum Music Festival Nannup Music Festival National Folk Festival Newtown Festival Noosa Jazz Festival NYE On The Hill Originals Music Festival Out On The Weekend Outlet Music Festival OutsideIn Paradise Music Festival Party In The Paddock Perth Festival Poison City Weekender Port Fairy Folk Festival Queenscliff Music Festival Rainbow Serpent Festival Riverboats Music Festival Rottofest Soulfest Soulfest Soulfest Soundwave Soundwave Soundwave Soundwave Southbound Splendour In The Grass St Jerome's Laneway Festival St Jerome's Laneway Festival St Jerome's Laneway Festival St Jerome's Laneway Festival St Jerome's Laneway Festival Stereosonic Stereosonic Stereosonic Stereosonic Stereosonic Strawberry Fields Subsonic Sugar Mountain Festival Sydney Country Music Festival Sydney Festival Sydney Fringe Festival Tamworth Country Music Festival The Blurst Of Times Festival The Hills Are Alive Toowoomba Carnival Of Flowers UNIFY: A Heavy Music Gathering Valley Fiesta Vanfest WAM Festival West Coast Blues & Roots Festival WOMAdelaide Wonderland Woodford Folk Festival Yours And Owls

The Music Store

Australasian Music Industry Directory
The ultimate print sourcebook for all the contacts…
Jun 18th 2014
Arts Advertising Packages
The Music Arts Packages provide promotion in The Music…
Jun 18th 2014
Indie Band Advertising Packages
The Music Indie Band Packages provide promotion in…
Jun 18th 2014
Galleon Krueger for Sale
Galleon Krueger Bass Amplifier. 1001RB As new, current…
Jul 12th 2014
Jazz guitarists wanted for weekend jams.
We are a bass and drums unit rehearsing in St Peters…
Jul 12th 2014
Premier Sydney Punk/Rock Band seeks Drummer
One of Sydneys Premier Punk Rock Bands seeks energetic…
Jun 18th 2014

Listen