Dispelling any burden of 'the difficult second album', ESBEN AND THE WITCH have comprehensively transcended any such slump or curse with Wash the Sins Not Only the Face: a majestic, haunting and triumphant work that is not ‘difficult’ in the slightest.
Their second full-length brings to fruition concepts that glimmered on their first, 2011’s acclaimed Violet Cries, but there are no laurels being rested upon here. To make their second album, Esben and the Witch questioned, challenged and rewired their past to find the way to their future. The result is an album that finds new shades within the Esben palette, and when placed alongside Violet Cries, feels like a fuzzy image that’s pulled successfully into focus.
HELIOTROPES is the musical vehicle of four Brooklyn women. Having recently signed to LA's Manimal Vinyl, they have released 2 singles with a scheduled full length slated for early 2013. The tracks recall the phased-out, distorted intensity of the early nineties -- and invoke the lush dreamworld of Twin Peaks.
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