Ahead of its Sept 8th release on the band’s own label, Nostromo Records, Brighton’s Esben & the Witch have unveiled the momentous centerpiece at the core of their 3rd full-length outing, A New Nature. It comes in the guise of “The Jungle”: an appropriately dense, 15-minute workout in captured & released tension.
Fittingly, it begins thinly adorned, as if you’re weaving your way through the thin shrubbery that outskirts the titular jungle: beneath Rachel Davies’ searching vocals, the sole driving force is a singular kick-drum pulse, acting as a steadying heartbeat as you brace yourself for what’s to come.
This reasonable calm is, expectedly, not to remain status quo. “The Jungle” builds to cathartic peaks of searing guitars + hypnotic breaks that toy with gut-wrenching distortion & lonely brass by turn. The result is a psychosis-inducing recreation of the fear & frustration of being lost in the track’s tropical namesake, calling to mind the sense of equatorial paranoia present in Joseph Conrad’s Heart of Darkness; meandering through thick & thin, through hope & loss until finally a resolve is met. You’ll have to listen carefully to find out what that is.