Thursday, February 11, 2010

TONIGHT IN MANCHESTER: Sian Alice Group + Esben and the Witch

Not got a ticket for the sold-out Beach House gig? Or Liam Frost at MoHo Live not your thing tonight? Then how about the Drowned in Sound night at the Deaf Institute? A case-study in dark melodrama and minimalist post-rock torch songs; five bands for £7 with Sian Alice Group and Esben and the Witch topping the bill?

London’s Sian Alice Group released their second album “Troubled, Shaken Etc” last year – described by Rough Trade as “a genre-busting combination… minimalist trances, electronic exploration, techno thump, jazz motifs and eastern music tropes in a joyous and complete listening experience”. Think ‘techno thump’ is over-stating it but the rest is pretty spot on. And Sian Ahern’s voice is mesmerizing.

Brighton’s Esben and the Witchsounds a lot like a decrepit sunlit mansion being overtaken by its dark, organic fertility of its mysterious garden” according to Source Magazine. Their Myspace page features pictures of séances, ectoplasm, Victorian medical experiments and a biography in the style of the Brothers Grimm. This live video shows off their nightmare-pop to good (bad?) effect (and elsewhere you can hear them turn Kylie’s ‘Confide in Me’ into a truly dark and disturbing listen). You can hear their new single 'Lucia at the Precipice' on Bandcamp or buy the limited 7" vinyl from Rough Trade Shops.

Plus support from Chapel Club, Gyratory System and From The Kites of San Quentin.
Advance tickets are just £7 or pay more on the door.

If you are going, once home: sleep tight and sweet dreams.

Sian Alice Group
Troubled, Shaken Etc. [BUY]

Esben and the Witch
33 [BUY]

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