THE BAND:When I first got a email from this band, I was expecting a female...and maybe a old, spirited female with a name like Ester. But I digress. Ester Drang has spent much of their time waiting in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, for some love, playing their elegant and arty songs to a rather modest following. Jade Tree stepped up to the plate to get the word out and signed the band in early 2003, providing a home for their "swinging-door guitar lines, hollowed out drum beats and synth-covered yearnings, while allowing the group to deliver their visions with Technicolor radiance".
THE SOUND: I have heard of SO many references to compare this music to but only know of a few of them. From Sufjan Stevens (two members of Ester Drang backed Sufjan on Illinois), The Notwist, Boards of Canada to Flaming Lips, it sounds like these guys have the field covered. Their latest album Rocinate came out January 24th with "more patented synth-dripped rhythms, throbbing percussion, rising horns and post-gazer grandeur".
mp3 - Valencia's Dying Dream
mp3 - Come Back Alive
mp3 - The Greatest Thing
mp3 - Dead Man's Point of View