Espers release ‘II’ and tour UK

Following the release of their acclaimed second album II at the end of July, Espers return to the UK to tour in November. They play London, Bush Hall on 22 November …

19th Bristol, Cube Cinema – Espers / Edith Frost / Starless & Bible Black / Nancy Elizabeth Cunliffe
20th Edinburgh, Cabaret Voltaire – Espers / Edith Frost / St Judes Infirmary
21st Manchester, The Klondyke Club – Espers / Edith Frost
22nd London Bush Hall – Espers / Edith Frost / Hush Arbors

Philadelphia collective Espers first came to our attention in the summer of last year when they released their beautiful self-titled debut through Wichita. Since then their star has been on a steady ascent through good old-fashioned word-of-mouth, touring (with Stereolab, Devendra Banhart, All Tomorrows Parties) and their recent signing to Drag City in the United States.

Espers II is an album of precious gems, where gentle and fragile folk songs become eerie, otherworldly tales spun around acoustic guitar parts and Meg Bairds unnervingly pure vocals. And where Meg brings light, fellow vocalist Greg Weekss brings darkness by deviating from the traditional folk template and letting rip with his Gibson Les Paul. With the addition of instruments such as doumbek and dholak, its a heady mixture of joy, wonder and humour that sets Espers apart, far-out there in fact, from their contemporaries.

Espers are Greg Weeks (vocals, guitar, noises), Meg Baird (vocals, guitar), Brooke Sietinsons (guitar), Helena Espvall (cello, vocals), Christopher Smith (bass) and the very much in demand Otto Hauser on drums, who played in no less than 4 bands in one day at All Tomorrows Parties.

Press Quotes…

A bewitching record MOJO 4/5

a simple, homespun delight The Guardian 4/5

The most potent resuscitation so far of a form that never completely dies¦ The Independent 4/5

a relaxing, transfixing album that is a joy to be immersed in. Word

a terrific sustained album Uncut 4/5

back-to-the-futurescapes that are both lush and subtly unnerving¦ NME 8/10

“Espers II is a thrillingly mutant, atmospherically charged affair, respectful of folk’s history but unbowed by it’s weight…” Time Out

Espers lure you into faerie land and then torch the bridge The Observer

…masters of medieval folk with a technological twist Independent On Sunday 4/5

the perfect soundtrack to a gothic version of Alice In Wonderland Sunday Telegraph 4/5


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