posted September 6th, 2017

If you, the discerning record collector, has even a passing interest in the posthumously named genre "acid folk", surely the name Ed Askew is in your golden pantheon. Askew recorded the sublimely gorgeous LP Ask the Unicorn in 1968 for the legendary proto-DIY label ESP records, which has now been recognized as a god-damn underground classic. Armed only with a tiple (sort of a South American mandolin), Askew spun tales of doomed sisters, crashing universes, budding gay love, and a serious fondness for roses on his rare, precious and beautiful album.  

After this lone release, Ed Askew seemingly vanished in the romantic mists of time....until a second, previously unreleased album, surfaced in 2003, Little Eyes - that was followed by the Drag City/GZD LP reish of obscure 1984 cassette classic Imperfiction. Ed has since resumed making music, and has released several albums over the last decade - but meanwhile, it appears the Askew historical goldmine had not been fully tapped! To wit, Ed unearthed four reels of radio sessions taped in 1969-70, performing songs from his first two albums (and the totally previously unreleased track, "Green Song")! The tapes were meticulously studied and the best versions were extracted for this release - absolutely stunning renditions of Askew standards like "Fancy That" or "Red Woman-Letter to England"-- which are perhaps even more gorgeous than the originals. Dubbed A Child in the Sun, the LP collecting these radio sessions features never-before-seen vintage photos, and sonically it's friggin ASTRAL FOLK GOLD. We're (literally) psyched, and as for you - you're welcome! Out 11/17 on Drag City and Galactic Zoo Disk, pre-order now, and listen to "Marigolds" now:


Artists in this story: Ed Askew