Esben and the Witch return with their new album Wash the Sins Not Only the Face, out January 21st on Matador Records.  The Brighton trio follow up their acclaimed 2011 debut album Violet Cries by transcending ‘second album’ preconceptions, crafting a record that’s bold, confident, expansive and not ‘difficult’ in the slightest.  Daniel Copeman of the band says: “We had a clearer idea of what we wanted to achieve on this album, and how we could achieve it. We’re more focused, more confident.”

Premiering the new track ‘Deathwaltz‘ (right click and Save As for free MP3) on their re-designed website, the band also announce UK and European tour dates to follow the album’s release in February 2013, culminating with a headline London Scala show.  All dates are below.

February 2013

Thu 07 Feb – Birmingham – Hare & Hounds

Fri 08 Feb – Glasgow – School Of Art

Sat 09 Feb – Manchester – Bunker

Fri 15 Feb – Brussels – Botanique

Sat 16 Feb – Munster – Gleiss 22

Sun 17 Feb – Hamburg – Knust

Mon 18 Feb – Berlin – Bi Nuu

Wed 20 Feb – Munich – 59to1

Thu 21 Feb – Zürich – Rote Fabrik

Fri 22 Feb – Cologne – Gebaude 9

Sat 23 Feb – Utrecht – Tivoli Oudegracht Spiegelbar

Tue 26 Feb – London – Scala

The album is available to pre-order from the Esben and the Witch website and the Matador store.