| 31 August 2014|
Esben and the Witch
31 August 2014
| 2014;Electrical Audio
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A New Nature is the third studio album by British alternative rock band Esben and the Witch, scheduled to be released on the 1 September 2014 through their own label Nostromo Records.
In early 2014, the band left Matador Records and made their own label Nostromo Records. They pledged on PledgeMusic, which is an online Direct-to-Fan music platform that facilitates musicians reaching out to their fanbase to pre-sell, market, and distribute music projects including recordings, music videos, and concerts. On PledgeMusic they put pre-orders for their third album up, in which some include a hand-made bonus EP called And New Life Blossoms From the Ruins, and the money went towards the recording costs.
On April 7, 2014, they released an untitled split EP with Thought Forms, featuring two songs "No Dog" and "Butoh". On April 7, they performed "No Dog" and two new songs "Dig Your Fingers In" and "Those Dreaful Hammers" on BBC Radio 6. They began recording with Steve Albini in April 2014 at Electrical Audio studios in Chicago. Their song "Strangers In a Sunless Valley" was featured on the third Audioscope Music For A Good Home compilation in May.
They announced the album in June 2014, and have released the first single from the album, "Blood Teachings", on iTunes. The album was scheduled to be released on 1 September 2014.
The Guardian compared lead single "Blood Teachings" to early PJ Harvey. The Quietus said that ""Blood Teachings" is a good case in point, with its Swans-esque heaving repetition providing a soundbed over which Rachel Davies unfurls a mesmeric vocal, not dissimilar to former Albini collaborator PJ Harvey, building to a razing, fuzzed crescendo."
The band said of the album:
"We wanted to create a record that had a level of purity to it. To strip away the layers and loops and see what lay beneath. To keep things naked, unadorned and raw. The three of us, in a room, making noise. We looked to create a more primal record, full of human emotion and sonic intensity. Drawing on themes of endurance, strength, determination and self-actualisation. Themes that have always inspired us but perhaps, only now, a few years down the line, a few years of touring under our belts, we feel we have the confidence and maturity to explore and shout about."
1Press Heavenwards!10:17A New Nature Wikipedia
2Dig Your Fingers In4:39