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Espers: The Weed Tree (2005)

December 13, 2011

weed treeRoll: 2-9-10
Album: Espers, The Weed Tree EP

One of the side-effects of musical movements such as folk revivals is that seven year-old records sound just as fresh as the day they were released. Conversely, they also sound as dated at the day they were released.

Which, of course, is exactly the point. Unless you’re treading the same water as your predecessors, you’re not reviving anything.

This isn’t a bad thing. If people didn’t ask why there weren’t more records like the first three Black Sabbath albums, we wouldn’t have Electric Wizard or Nebula. Personally, I’m waiting for someone to ask why there aren’t more records like the first three Nebula platters and head the next wave of fuzz-rock revivalists.

As they say, if it isn’t broke, don’t fix it. If this was the case for 20th-century folk-revivalists Pentangle, Fairport Convention and Comus, then it’s even more so for 21st-century folk-revivial-revivalists, Espers.

This EP of reverently interpreted acid-folk gems—and vintage rock songs reverently reinterpreted as acid-folk—is just as good a collection of creepily beautiful psychedelia as anything recorded by anyone in any decade.

Perhaps someone in the future will ask why there isn’t more music like the first three Espers records (including Weed Tree and ending with Espers II, not the off-boil Espers III) and will take it upon themselves to carry the torch to set fire to a Wickerman for another generation.

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