iTunes

Opening the iTunes Store.If iTunes doesn’t open, click the iTunes icon in your Dock or on your Windows desktop.Progress Indicator
Opening the iBooks Store.If iBooks doesn't open, click the iBooks app in your Dock.Progress Indicator
iTunes

iTunes is the world's easiest way to organize and add to your digital media collection.

We are unable to find iTunes on your computer. To preview and buy music from Rocinate by Ester Drang, download iTunes now.

Do you already have iTunes? Click I Have iTunes to open it now.

I Have iTunes Free Download
iTunes for Mac + PC

Rocinate

Ester Drang

Open iTunes to preview, buy and download music.

Album Review

Ester Drang outdid themselves with their previous album, and so it should come as no surprise that the band led by Bryce Chambers forge ahead into some interesting sonic territory, particularly the ambient-cum-disco hue coloring "Come Back Alive" that is a definite, danceable curveball. Think of something David Byrne might be doing if he was still with Talking Heads and it becomes a bit clearer — challenging, a tad "out there," but nonetheless warm and soothing. A false fade gives Rocinate a different, lush tone with surprising results. The arrangements are very nicely developed as "Valencia's Dying Dream" contains all the traits of a Coldplay cut, down to the rich melody and even the drumming of James McAlister — quiet in parts but big when he needs to be in the chorus. The one or two mellower moments here are somewhat problematic, however, as "Grave Mistake"'s melancholia brings to mind tracks the Manic Street Preachers perfected during "This Is My Truth Tell Me Yours." The group have also decided that strings should never be used sparingly but quite liberally, making another mid-tempo, relationship-centered track like "Hooker with a Heart of Gold" resemble a tepid version of Keane who started listening to jazz. One obvious highlight is the ethereal piano ballad entitled "Great Expectations" that complements the elaborate strings, the classical percussion, and angelic female harmonies. When they mix the best of both pop and lush realms, the payoff is golden, with a head-bobbing, genre-bending "Everyone Is a Victim." Ester Drang push the envelope with the ambient accents on the instrumental "Smoke and Air" that would fit better on a Moby album. Too often, Rocinate is a hair too airy or light, but Ester Drang still make nuggets like "Proustian Moments" soar.

Biography

Formed: 1995 in Tulsa, OK

Genre: Alternative

Years Active: '90s, '00s

Ester Drang have composed a sweet daydream trip since their 1995 formation. Bryce Chambers, Sterling Williams, and Brian Brewer were fans of Echo & the Bunnymen, My Bloody Valentine, and Mogwai, and together they derived a lush, bittersweet sound. Goldenwest marked Ester Drang's debut in 2001; this shimmery masterpiece was a critical hit among the indie crowd and gained the trio shared dates with the likes of the Get Up Kids, Wheat, and the Starlight Mints. Three years later, Williams and Brewer...
Full bio
Rocinate, Ester Drang
View In iTunes

Customer Ratings

We have not received enough ratings to display an average for this album.

Contemporaries