Espers/Ghost acid-folk summit

    Sounds like there’s a psych-folk super session on the way; Masaki Batoh of veteran Japanese psych warriors Ghost and Helena Espvall of U.S. freak-folk champs Espers are set to release a self-titled album as a duo July 22 on Drag City. The album will feature a batch of traditional folk songs from Espvall’s native Sweden, "Death Letter Blues" by Son House, a European medieval song, an original tune Batoh originally intended for Damon & Naomi, and some improvisations. The pair employed everything from Tibetan bells to hurdy-gurdy on what promises to be the beardy chill-out album of the year. Batoh and Espvall will be priming the pump on a string of June dates with Damon & Naomi.

     

    Tour dates:

    Thu June 12 // Cambridge, MA: TT the Bear’s Place
    Fri June 13 // Portland, ME: Space Gallery
    Sat June 14 // Brooklyn, NY: Southpaw
    Sun June 15 // New York, NY: Le Poisson Rouge
    Mon June 16 // Philadelphia, PA: Johnny Brenda’s
    Tue June 17 // Washington, DC: Black Cat
    Wed June 18 // Pittsburgh, PA: Garfield Artworks
    Fri June 20 // Louisville, KY: Terrastock 7
    Sat June 21 // Chicago, IL: Empty Bottle