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It’s October and the gently spectacular spell of autumn is upon us. Keats’s ‘Season of mists and mellow fruitfulness’ is here, which means there’s no better time for a new Espers album. Preview track ‘Caroline’ is taken from the Philadelphia collective’s aptly named third full length, III, released on November 2nd through Wichita Recordings. The music made by Espers is designed for the evenings where the sky has an orange glow, to soundtrack the sweeping of leaves and the careful collecting of apples. This may imply a certain sickly romanticism, but despite its yearnings for the past the Espers sound is remarkably free and light .
‘Caroline’ is a duet in which Meg Baird’s affectingly beautiful voice soars over Greg Weeks’s heavier tones all in celebration (or fear?) of the mysterious Caroline. As ever with Espers, oblique lyrics proliferate – witness “Don’t you cry, go lie down in the day… / I’m frightened and I’m right / your candles are burning again” – thus offering a moody array of images, fragments of stories that give the impression that they are potentially ancient folk songs with their meanings obscured by time and reinterpretation. So whoever Caroline is and whatever she is yearning for, this first glimpse of the new album is comforting and strangely alluring and deserves to be played at your local harvest festival. Alternatively, you could go to theirs; as reported previously, the band are taking part in the latest Shred Yr Face tour that begins November 9th. Don’t miss it! MP3 after the jump.
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