Helena Espvall and Masaki Batoh make for one hell of a psych-folk-art-rock power pairing. You may know Espvall as a cellist who plays with Espers, other acts, and records as a solo artist; and Batoh as a guitarist with Japanese acid-rock outfit Ghost and his many collaborations with like-minded artists, including Damon & Naomi. This collaborative album was recorded in Tokyo in under a week. Espvall and Batoh expanded their instrumentation to include such oddities as the hurdy-gurdy and the thunder sheet. The songs are equally diverse, including Swedish folk songs, Son House's classic "Death Letter," a Medieval European tune, and a song Batoh wrote for Damon and Naomi that that duo never recorded. A couple of Bathoh's Ghost compatriots guest on the album.
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