Ok, no prizes for a catchy band name but such frivolities are soon forgotten as you hear Ester Drang do their thang. It is entirely appropriate that they tour with Midlake because both bands hark back to another time without ever sounding as if they are digging up audio graveyards. And it all sounds so suave on ‘Valencia’s Dying Dream’, a fascinating listen that swaggers under the direction of Bryce Chambers magnetic voice. The song might run out of steam towards the end but the journey to that point would surely appeal to Coldplay fans who have grown up and realised there are more enticing possibilities out there. It has been a long road for the Tulsa band (formed in 1995) with some members having stopped off along the way to join Pedro the Lion and contribute to Sufjan Stevens imperious ‘Illinois’. KD
Ester Drang – Valencia’s Dying Dream
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