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bit poor isn't it.
i think it's streaming over on the quietus though. wouldn't encourage the old leaks myself
that was quick
Rather than Brand New Ting.
i thought he had only done 'love remains'?
Playing it RITE NOW.
...this man, he disagree: http://drownedinsound.com/releases/15916/reviews/4141898
But that opinion is purely that man's own.
If you want MINE, and bear in mind the vested interest, it's this: the record is not one for a single sitting, not one to skip through. It is not an album for your iPod shuffle. It is not an album to sit beside your copy of Lungs. It's a record more comfortably nestled beside the self-titled Portishead album, a little Banshees (I'll give the reviewers that), plenty of post-punk and just a little industrial grind. It's not an easy listen. It is the least-immediate album of any artist on the Sound of 2011 list (and James Blake's doesn't exactly scream accessibility). It is multi-layered and explores some serious depths. You cannot sing along to many of its songs. It is a debut self-produced by the band themselves. It is a debut where its makers are still earning and perfecting their craft. It's a hugely divisive album that you're unlikely to just kinda like. You'll probably hate it or love it. Me, I love how it's turned out. The journey from where some of these songs were to where they are now - how they sit within the album's narrative, and the far greater scope and reach of the band's own ambitions - has been a lot of fun. This album is not, necessarily, a lot of fun. It is not Les Savy Fav.
I have no vested interest in Esben and the Witch. I hadn't actually listened to them before I got this to review. And DiS don't put pressure on us to give something a good or bad review.
I just think it's a wonderful, forward thinking piece of sonic experimentation. I love it.
Not sure if it's "quite good", "very good" or "quite great" yet.
listening to it for the first time, initially I was enjoying it but by half way through it really was no longer holding my attention and by the end I was glad when it finished. I shall give it a few more listens but on first impression, meh.
I found it a little 'meh' at first. After listening a couple more times, I really like it.
I can feel its going to grow on me as well.
This sounds fucking immense.
I feel like I recognise that lead singer's voice? Has she been in a band before I might know?
her voice is very reminiscent of other artists, but I do not believe she's been in other bands.
It's a bit like the girl from Warpaint, innit?
Except not quite as dull.
Though I did get a bit 'vocaled' out by the end. Instrumentally though and when it all gels, very impressive. I shall purchase methinks.
but the more I listen to it, the more the songwriting holds up, and the more I enjoy the whole thing. Definitely a grower, and definitely a very strong debut record.
Although it does drag on a little, as a debut album I think it shows a lot of potential.
but need to listen again. At least it's better than Andy 'not that one' Gill in the Indy giving it one star (and Chase & Status four stars)
It's a step lower than Zola Jesus and three steps lower than Siouxsie. But, yeah, good. 7.5/10
but judging by the extensive and slightly desperate ad campaign, their name, and the sort of person posting as having enjoyed i'll have to agree with you. 4.5/10
And there is very little to distinguish one track and another. It's well recorded, but it just feels very pointless.
as opposed to all the other music that has a point and is very important indeed
i dont want to sound needlessly aggressive here, but if you don't enjoy slow paced music, of course you're not going to like it. there's no immediate reward for listening.
its more like going for a swim in a scottish loch than it is jumping into a jacuzzi. im not surprised many people dont like it.
and it's missing the point. i don't think anyone here has a problem with difficult, slow paced music. it's the fact it just happens to be rubbish with it.
It was only track two but, to be honest, I had had enough by then.
some great bits http://drownedinsound.com/lists/esben-the-witch-takeover
still good though. atmospheric and enjoyable. if the pacing isnt your thing, its not your thing. and i for one liked the lyrics. nice overly noise to it too
think i should go pro with these music reviews.
if they restrict this record from track 6 to track 9. This sequence is fabulous.
well, Argyria and Marching Song are good as well, and Marine Fields Glow, Light Streams and Hexagon IV may well grow on me, but that run of 4 tracks is really great.
Caught them live in Bristol last night too, and they were very good.
I was sort of looking forward to it. Saw them at Latitude and was fully immersed and had a ball.
However, after hearing the album it just seemed a bit stilted and I really hoped that it was the fact that they were so good live that trying to limit the gloomy fury to a mere CD was the cause of the lack luster listening..
but that wasn't the case because they were really B O R I N G. I can vouch for the music being ethereal and engrossing and slow paced and whatnot, but some swoopy guitars being played out of time with some Portishead esq beats descending into one or two of them banging a floor tom does not a good band make.
The last couple were better mind because they used the dynamics of their simple set up well as opposed to just flogging the dead dirgy horse for 40 minutes as was done previously.
Nice art work though. Just a bit "meh" over all : (
Finaly got some words out on it too.
better than zola jesus. and really good live as well.
...but I agree with those here who have stated that it is not an easy listen. I was very disappointed when I first heard it after hearing both the '33'' and 'Marching Song' EPs (which are excellent by the way and if you haven't heard them yet you should do so) but this album is very subtle and needs to be played a few times (and probably when you're in the right place and in the right mood) to really start to get the rewards from it. It's proper goth music though I think they have an even better LP in them.
2nd listens, so last century!