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Album Review: Helena Espvall & Masaki Batoh

Old school pysch-lord and new folk chanteuse get weird

Album Review: Helena Espvall & Masaki Batoh

6 / 10 ‘Overloaded Ark’’s press release comes with instructions, hand-typed from Japanese psych hero Masaki Batoh himself. “This album contains out of audio frequency band (1/3 octave band freq 1~80),” it goes. “don’t listen this album by mp3 for your criticism. This is not joke. You are facing his bleeding spirit.” Sorry Batoh, times are hard: it’s ipod or nothing… way less garage-freakazoid than Batoh’s Ghost material, ‘…Ark’ is still some trip, taking in various Euro covers along with a raft of self-composed material. Though a little too self-indulgent in places, it’s Espvall (of Espers) who ties it together, siphoning her cathartic Vashti Bunyan impression to eerily dramatic effect.

Matt Wilkinson

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