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 Ed Askew (5 Albums, 47 Tracks)

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LOCATION:New York, NY
Ed Askew cut one of the best and most obscure LPs in the original ESP-Disk’s vague rock/folk/freak series, issued eponymously and since reissued as Ask The Unicorn, before apparently dropping off the edge of his world. Years later, thanks to detective work by - naturally - Mr Clint Simonson of
the De Stijl imprint, it turned out that not only was Askew still breathing but he had actually recorded a follow-up to his ESP disk in 1970 that had lain in the can for decades. Originally released as a limited vinyl edition by Simonson himself, Little Eyes blew even his revered ESP side to ribbons and stands as one of the most magical outsider/freak artefacts to ever escape the prodigious gravity of the decade in which it was birthed. Askew has a highly idiosyncratic vocal style that is equal parts quizzical bubble-gum chewing kind on shrooms and doe-eyed real people Richard Brautigan character. Perhaps the closest comparison would be to Tom Rapp or Judee Sill’s old buddy Tommy Peltier. His instrumental conceptions certainly owe a massive debt to Dylan circa 64/65 - who the fuck didn’t - especially his spine-tingling harmonica work but it’s the beautiful arc of the songs that will keep you coming back, the way he combines rough, fluffed performances with eye-watering lyrical sentiments, heartbreaking phrasing and weird, clunky chords played on a ‘Martin tiple’. If you ever dug the whole late-60s freak-folk fall-out as documented by Pearls Before Swine, Bleib Alien, Tim Buckley, Fugs, Roots Of Madness et al you are gonna crease. Simply put, one of the most beautifully cracked singer-songwriter albums of a timeless age. Only the hardest of hearts could resist it. -All text copyright © David Keenan/Volcanic Tongue

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Album

Blue Piano
01. Ed Askew - Piano 1 00:00:44
03. Ed Askew - Here With You 00:04:14
05. Ed Askew - Piano 2 00:01:08
07. Ed Askew - Baby Come Home 00:03:14
08. Ed Askew - Song For R 00:03:15
09. Ed Askew - My Dream 00:05:24
10. Ed Askew - Piano 3 00:01:36
11. Ed Askew - Safe Harbor 00:04:33
12. Ed Askew - Safe Harbor 00:05:28
14. Ed Askew - In America 00:04:07
15. Ed Askew - When I Arive 00:03:50
UPLOADED:11/26/2008
LISTENS:22203
STARRED:0
DOWNLOADS:54543
UPLOADED:01/07/2009
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DOWNLOADS:10558
UPLOADED:11/26/2008
LISTENS:1424
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DOWNLOADS:3313
UPLOADED:11/26/2008
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Album

What I Know
03. Ed Askew - Ed Talk WNYC 00:00:40
04. Ed Askew - I Remember You 00:05:39
06. Ed Askew - Rimbaud 00:04:23
07. Ed Askew - Big City 00:03:30
08. Ed Askew - Palomino 00:04:18
09. Ed Askew - What Crow Saw 00:04:04
10. Ed Askew - Bella Crane 00:02:21
UPLOADED:11/26/2008
LISTENS:1444
STARRED:0
DOWNLOADS:9788