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a subtle masterpiece
on 22 October 2004
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.