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This review is from: Espers II (Audio CD)
Having enjoyed a track or two on samplers such as 'Comes with a Smile' , I felt compelled to purchase this album after reading some suitably excellent reviews touching on this blend of folk & psychedelia. 'This album is to be played as loud as possible, as quiet as impossible, and thank you very much,' run the sleevenotes...
Having recently purchased Fairport Convention's 'Liege & Lief', this album makes great sense - I thought lots of Dave Gilmour acoustic for some reason! Perhaps it's as I've heard 'Goodbye Blue Sky', 'Mother' & 'Wish You Were Here' lots of late! The feedback inferno on 'Widow's Weed' is fantastic, making you wonder how Slowdive would sound if they played a Mojave 3 song. There are definite prog, psychedelic and folk moments here - the vocals seem to be very Sandy Denny...
Espers' II is an album I've only played a few times thus far, bu have a hunch it will be one of my favourite albums this year - if only for the blend of Mary Margaret O' Hara, Pink Floyd, Neko Case (think 'Ghost Wiring'), Animal Collective, Fairport Convention & Ride. It fits wonderfully alongside such albums as 'The Trial of...' by Midlake and 'Ten Silver Drops' by Secret Machines, as well as new released by Comets on Fire, Nina Nastasia, Lambchop & Micah P Hanson. I'm predicting this will be a highlight of 2006...