"Juxtaposing acoustic guitar and a whole host of odd instruments and percussion, Esperi mainman Chris Lee-Marr seems to be making all the right waves." - The List
Hot on the heels of his EP, Melancholics Anonymous, Esperi return with debut album In A Moment, Emotion, Sentiment out now on Fall On Records.
The record has already scored 7/10 on The Line of Best Fit claiming the "...softer moments can be likened to Sun Kill Moon." The album has also been supported by For Folk's Sake where you can exclusively stream the album for free.
"Silo The Fire", a track from the album, is available to download free from the A Badge of Friendship Soundcloud page.
The record continues Chris Marr's exploration of the heartfelt moments of his and our lives, with touching lyrics that convey a naivety and sensitivity. It's this child like view of the world that sets Marr apart from his contemporaries and is aided by his use of everyday items as musical instruments. While acoustic instrumentation is mainly the order of the day, tracks such as "Dialled" illustrate Marr's uniqueness with the sounds of his bike recorded onto the track. Children's toys and everyday tools heavily influence proceedings on "Hearts Part 2", as weird and wonderful sounds envelope the listener throughout the ten minutes and fifteen seconds closing track.
You can also watch the video for "Silo The Fire" on Esperi's YouTube page.
Producer Robin Sutherland recorded the album on the East Coast of Scotland featuring an array of guest musicians such as Jon Adams (Vasquez) on drums, Kevin Black (Laeto, Fat Goth) on bass, Ged Grimes (Deacon Blue) on double bass and the Korda Quartet all featuring. The end result is a record rich in both lyrical content and musicianship further enhanced by Marr's whispering gentle tones and expert guitar picking skills.
Having previously gained support from the likes of Q Magazine (Track of the Day online), The 405, Drowned In Sound and The List, In A Moment, Emotion, Sentiment is a stylish debut album that is sure to impress fans old and new. It caps an eventful six months for Esperi with the release of Melancholics Anonymous EP, the debut album In A Moment, Emotion, Sentiment, a UK tour and a showcase for GoNorth.
In A Moment, Emotion, Sentiment out now on Fall On Records and is available to buy now via Esperi's Bandcamp page.
Digital promos for review are available upon request.