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Editors’ Notes

This sextet from Philadelphia specialize in creating a mystical weave of the UK folk balladry of Fairport Convention, the eerie underside of acoustic Led Zeppelin and the psychedelic slow-IV-drip of early 70s soundtrack-era Pink Floyd. They do so with an alarming arsenal of special instruments ranging from sleigh bells and gongs to something called doumbeks and dholaks, alongside their acoustic guitars, flutes, various keyboards and distortion pedals. Male and female vocals exchange roles throughout the seven epic tracks that show a definite maturity from their charming but less dynamic debut album. “Dead Queen” begins things with a gorgeous, elliptical flow, a medieval vibe that suggests a day spent at a countryside Renaissance fair (as do the bucolic laze of “Cruel Storm” and the aptly-titled “Mansfield and Cyclops”). However, things turn much darker from the first stirring distorted notes of “Widow’s Weed” where the band’s sense of doom and drone take charge and build to a whirring maelstrom of wind and horror film effects. II is the sound of a quirky ensemble finding their footing and ascending to new heights.

Customer Reviews

Truely Suprising

I'm new to the espers catalogue and i have to say it is some of the most unique music i've heard in quite awhile. They blend sounds of folk, psychedelia, gypsy ethics and pure creativity. The soundscape that these talented folks produce give you a sense that your listening to an old wise story teller, giving you an eerie glimpse of the past while re-inventing the present. so sit back have a smoke and take a glimpse its definately worth it!!!! and if you don't like it a least you had a smoke.

Playfully Dark (Beautiful)

Perfect follow up album. Dead Queen is an absolute winner IMHO and is a great follow up to some of my favorites from the first album (Voices, Travel Mountains, and Meadow). Give it a try... The Espers are gifted with a sound that can cross genres so don't discount it until you've listened.

A whole lotta awsome.

Turn off the lights close your eyes and turn up the volume.


Formed: 2002 in Philadelphia, PA

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '00s

Neo-psychedelic folk trio the Espers began appearing in the Philadelphia area in early 2002. With a core provided by singer/songwriter Greg Weeks, Meg Baird, and Brooke Sietinsons and rounded out by numerous collaborators, their heady blend of chamber rock, baroque pop, and late-'60s British folk won them a small but devoted following both locally and nationally. Their intoxicating self-titled debut arrived in 2004 on the Locust label. The EP Weed...
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