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Espers CD

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Espers is a psych folk band from Philadelphia that is part of the emerging indie folk scene. They formed in 2002 as a trio of singer-songwriter Greg Weeks, Meg Baird and Brooke Sietinsons but later expanded to a sextet including Otto Hauser, Helena Espvall and Chris Smith. Their music is reminiscent of late-sixties British folk as well as many contemporary folk acts such as Six Organs of ... Read more in Amazon's Espers Store

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  • Audio CD (1 July 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Polydor Group
  • ASIN: B000A1CS4K
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 113,071 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Flowery Noontide
2. Meadow
3. Riding
4. Voices
5. Hearts And Daggers
6. Byss And Abyss
7. Daughter
8. Travel Mountains

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By hhsjjsuh27 on 23 Nov. 2005
Format: Audio CD
Found these guys by accident and they're great. This album opens with "Flowery Moontide", beautiful female vocals with haunting strings and a "Wicker Man" feel about it. They're a folky outfit, organic, psychedelic and if you like the first track I'm sure you'll agree the album is consistant.
I'm a great fan of Smog and Iron and Wine and although different I fell for this album straight away.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Robert Gallacher on 22 Oct. 2004
Format: Audio CD
The self-titled debut by American trio, Espers, is without doubt my favourite album of the past year or so. Psychedelic singer-songwriter Greg Weeks with help form Meg Baird, Brooke Sietinsons and a few other friends, blend age-old instrumentation with the occasional burst of subtle fuzztone guitar.
Cello, viola, dulcimer, chimes, recorder, autoharp and folk-style fingerpicking acoustic guitar meld beautifully and effortlessly, weaving otherworldly sounds akin to the gentler moments of early 1970's English folk rock.
The opening track, 'Flowery Noontide', reminiscent of Mellow Candle, and track four, 'Voices' with it's soft psychedelic drone, are, for me, the standout tracks.
The record fades to a perfect close with gentle washes of acid guitar, phased electronics and dreaming wordless voices.
A great album deserving of a much bigger audience.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 19 July 2005
Format: Audio CD
Psych-folk trio Espers get it right on the first try in their self-titled debut. While their summery, acid-tinged kind of folk occasionally misfires on the indie-rock route, when it sticks to dilated pupils, Appalachian fiddles and sparkling chimes, it stays a good thing.

It opens with a song that pretty much sums up what the sound is all about: "Flowery Noontide." It opens with soft windchimes, right before a flute, guitar and Meg Baird's indistinct vocals kick in. It proceeds pretty much in that vein, sounding like a stoned summer afternoon at the Renaissance Festival. In short, quite good.

That lush folk sound continues throughout the album, mixing stately folk tunes with fuzz and some classical flourishes. Songs like "Meadow" err on the side of folk, despite that implosive riff. On the other hand, "Hearts and Daggers" veers over to Neutral Milk Hotel-like indie-rock, with weird flourishes and thick fuzz.

Actually, that indie-rock bent does have its weakness -- Espers sometimes seem unsure what to do with all the indie flourishes. "Riding" is downright painful to listen to at high volumes, because of a riff that completely drowns out the delicate acoustic layers.

Fortunately by the end of the album, they seem to have grasped how it should sound. And the fragile stoner folk sound is remarkably pretty, without the grounded sound that people usually associate with folk. This stuff is up in the sky, and it's staying there.

Meg Baird and Greg Weeks share vocal duties, and they both sound sweet and laid-back, although I had difficulty hearing what Meg was saying. Then again, the lyrics seem to fade away in front of the lush instrumentation -- acoustic
guitar and fiddle, often overlaid with an otherworldly flute, chimes, dulcimer and classical strings.

Espers' self-titled debut is a charming, sweet trip through layers of acid-folk. Best listened to on a lazy summer day, with wind-chimes and crickets.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Stu on 28 April 2012
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When i first heard Espers i was convinced they were a new British folk Rock band influence by the great British folk bands of late 60' and early 70's
magic carpet springs to minds as does Spriguns, Mellow candle,Tudor Lodge,Spirogira..Im especially in love with the first Espers album from 2004..I find it hard to believe that it was not made in 1972..even the style of acoustic guitar playing and all of the instrumentation are so reminiscent of a style I thought long past and very sadly missed.
up there with the best Acoustic folk Rock without a shadow of a doubt
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