Espers - The Weed Tree

  • Espers - The Weed Tree

Espers - The Weed Tree


FormatCD & LP
Released13th March 2020
Catalogue DC736
Barcode 0781484073611

Espers, existing in between places, were a part of a flow of idealisation that has as much to do with revelations from the 70s or 60s - with all the decades of the last century, really - as it does with the current expressions in favor of self- hood and safety that are struggled over today. Their music has retained a mysterious, unknowable vitality that, in the name of their original intention, continues to express Espers' individualism, optimism and deeply empathetic soul.

The second Espers album, The Weed Tree was released in 2005. Made almost entirely of cover material with the exception of a couple traditional folk songs - "Rosemary Lane" and "Black Is the Color" - paired with songs by Nico, Durutti Column and even Blue Öyster Cult, making for an oblique run through eclectic aspects of the past that succeeded due to Espers' thorough re-imagining of the material in their own image. The addition of current members Helena Espvall on cello and Otto Hauser on drums and percussion upped the alchemy of the band to its most potent, making music that drew from tradition, but making it new at the same time

Artist Espers
LabelDrag City
Filed Under Folk & Traditional