An interesting and not didactic interpretation of the post punk matter is the one that comes from the American Esses, a band that has been moving for some years in the furrows traced by Siouxsie And The Banshees and Bauhaus, as well as by less known but more direct sounding bands like Inkubus Sukkubus. The Portland band’s approach includes slightly more winking tracks alternating with others that are less immediate and, on the whole, these two souls blend easily, being characterised by a vocalist as remarkable for her tone and stage presence as Miss Kel. It’s always a good feeling to listen again to that pulsing bass, which becomes a perceptible instrument more than in other genres, and especially essential in the typical rhythmic development of dark wave matrix. A series of convincing tracks takes us back a few decades in style, but Esses rework it all in a way that’s appropriate to our times, even if that hint of eighties batcave remains pleasantly stuck to the skin for the entire duration of Bloodletting for the Lonely.
2021 – Bat-Cave Productions / Atakra Records