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Alex Neilson (Alex Rex) booked a summer tour with two psych folk legends - national treasure, Mike Heron of the towering Incredible String Band, and then the artist who wrote the songs on this EP, painter and gay songwriter Ed Askew. Still known for his 1968 masterpiece 'Ask the Unicorn' (remastered / reissued by Tin Angel in 2015), Askew has been crafting a, sort of, art crooner pop for decades - vivid imagistic lyrics supported by wild melodies and his increasingly warm voice. Askew's two, most recent, studio albums are also on Tin Angel and feature Sharon van Etten, Marc Ribot and Mary Lattimore. The tour was with Neilson's own psych folk darlings, Trembling Bells. The groups soon began to mingle and by the end, everybody sang back up on the Sikh dharma quoted in Heron's A Very Cellular Song. Ed Askew's set included Neilson on drums, Mike Hasting, of the Bells, on guitar and keyboardist, Jay Pluck. Prior to what would be an iconic show at Cafe Oto in London, this group went to Flesh and Bone Studio, in Hackney, to record a session live to track with Owen Pratt. They were joined by friend and collaborator, violinist, Jordan Hunt (The Irrespressibles, Theo Adams Company). This EP is that live to track afternoon session. The songs, all of them from the tour set list, cover the range of Askew's career.

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Ed Askew - London - *RSD20* -  White Vinyl

Ed Askew - London - *RSD20* - White Vinyl