Tuesday, August 20, 2013
The Espers "Weed Tree" (2005)
If this isn't my favorite "freakfolk" record, then it's on the short list. The Weed Tree manages to capture the cool aspects of the movement (highlighting a great & under-appreciated earlier movement) without falling prey to any of the excesses or shortcomings (amateurism, being weird for the sake of weirdness) of freakfolk.
Sure, these songs are covers. But alongside covers of the early 70s canonical material, you have Blue Oyster Cult and Durutti Column.
This is a real gem that was sadly unheard by too many listeners.