Ed Askew Ask The Unicorn on Colored LP
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Considered to be one of the most unique and gripping records under the 1960's sun, Ask the Unicorn is a "acid folk" masterpiece and one of the most singular releases from the infamous ESP-Disk catalog. Recorded live to tape by a 27 year-old Ed Askew in 1968, the impossible-to-find record and the man have acquired a mythological status.
Ask the Unicorn is a wild album. Inspired by immersion in Lorca and Kurt Weil, Askew's live psych delivery blends "bitter and economical" with deep imagism. The tone of the Martin tiple, the 10-string ultra-resonant acoustic instrument for which Askew is known, is wiry and stark - a true counterpoint to contemporary psychedelic music. Ask the Unicorn is also a very rare and important work by an openly gay songwriter in the 1960's.
This first-ever, fully-remastered reissue has been awaited for over 30 years. It is finally available on colored vinyl to boot, as Askew originally requested. An accompanying insert even features an original poster made by Askew and liner notes by friend and ESP-Disk scholar Clifford Allen (Tiny Mix Tapes).
Following a re-discovery in the early 2000's, Ed's home recordings have been issued by De Stijl and Drag City, he's toured with Bill Callahan, and in 2013 Tin Angel released his first studio album of new songs, For the World, featuring guests such as Sharon Van Etten and Marc Ribot.