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April 10th, 2008

Helena Espvall collaborates with Masaki Batoh

yay music!

Nam myoho renge kyo? I’m trying to think if I did some particularly good deed recently…hmmm…because my karma seems to be aligned! I recently got a note from Helena Espvall of Espers, filling me on some exciting news about a collaboration she recently finished with Masaki Batoh, a member of Japanese psych band Ghost. She described the project as such:

“the collaboration is mostly Swedish folk songs, (since that’s where i’m from) in sparse arrangements…”

OK. Let me get this straight. Sparse, traditional Swedish(!) folk songs from two of the most unique, mind-bendingly lucid performers playing music today? I think I can manage to not wet my pan–uhh, nevermind.

Unfortunately I’m not able to share any tracks with with the family yet, but I’ve included some mp3’s from both Epsvall and Ghost to wet your appetite for the piping hot Thanksgiving of tripped out folk vittles being served up as soon as the moon is in the seventh house and Jupiter aligns with Mars (on a 5th Dimension kick recently, what can I say?)

Here’s a video of Helena Espvall joined by George Korein (electronics) and Paul Santoleri (action painting) at the Haunted Cream Egg in Philadelphia.

Epsvall and Batoh will be touring with fellow Drag City label-mates Damon and Naomi in June. I’ll provide details as they come.

[download] Helena Epsvall – “Tidepools” + Ghost – “Caledonia


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