If Chris James Marr’s musical alias Esperi has been gaining a reputation to date, it’s predominately owed to enveloping, folkish instrumentation and his endearingly soft and clear vocal.
Weaved into each of the twelve tracks on debut album In a Moment, Emotion, Sentiment the result is a stirring collection of songs, all of them heart-warming.
Opening with the eight minute long “Silo in the Fire” whispering wind chimes and tinkling percussion are joined by acoustic guitar and padding drums to whimsical effect. Retaining a captivating energy, orchestral melodies transport the track to a higher plane.
Elsewhere Marr masters emotive storytelling against beautifully produced soundscapes, sweeping from the beguiling lyrical simplicity and beating rhythm of “Proverb,” to the fleeting innocence of “Home” and the country influenced “Dialled.” Moving love song “Hearts” and the epically long “Hearts Part 2” bring the album to a delicate and tender close.
Esperi’s In a Moment, Emotion, Sentiment is out now, on Fall Records.