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Esben and the Witch

July 31, 2013

Esben and the Witch

There’s a tension that you can feel when you listen to Esben and the Witch. Almost like the sound of a hundred secrets waiting to spill out – soft and whispered, but still a kind of insidious insistence. And as the pressure builds something must hiss out.

With Rachel Davies chirping voice and enchanting lyrics playing over Daniel Copeman‘s throbbing drums and Thomas Fisher‘s crisp guitar sound, Esben and the Witch paint a kind of surreal landscape cluttered with creeps and ghosts.

Esben and the Witch’s newest album, Wash the Sins Not Only the Face, was released on Matador Records in January of 2013. It’s a lovely journey through their brand of “nightmare pop”.

It is a distinct honor to have Rachel Davies on 12 Questions.

1. What is your hometown?

I’ve lived in Brighton for almost nine years now. It’s always felt more like home than anywhere else.

2. With what fictional character do you most identify?

The Bride from Kill Bill. Whilst I may not necessarily identify with her, she’s one of my favourite recent fictional characters.

3. In the movie of your life, cast an actor to play you.

From the 90s era, Winona Ryder. Or Daniel Day Lewis. I’d be chuffed with either.

4. What work of art speaks to your soul?

I could get lost for hours in Gustave Doré’s illustrations for Paradise Lost.

5. What books are you currently reading or recommending?

The Call of the Wild and White Fang by Jack London, and The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck.

6. What song or album is currently in heavy rotation on your iPod?

Song: Anemone by The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Album: The Seer by Swans

7. What’s the last movie that made you cry?

The Constant Gardener, every time.

8.  Cat person or dog person?

It always used to be cats, but as I’ve grown older I think I’d prefer to have a faithful hound by my side.

9. What is more important, truth or kindness?


10.    How do you define sin?


11.    How do you define virtue?


12.   Design your headstone: What does it say? What does it look like?

A tree, that’s it.

Bonus Question: Who would you like to see answer these questions?

Diamanda Galas

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