Auckland quartet Esther Stephens & The Means are pleased to announce the release of their self-titled debut album. Following on from The Means 2013 ‘The Ends EP’ (on which Esther features extensively), this body of work reflects the band’s musical graduation to a unified group. The album will be accompanied by a nationwide tour during May. Inspired by a collective love of genre-blending, and a commitment to live instrumentation and technical discipline, Esther Stephens & The Means have been described as; “a refreshingly seamless fusion of soul, funk, pop, jazz, psychedelia; basically just a beautiful celebration of beats, rhymes, & life.” - Dove Schwenke, Doves Diary.
Their album presents an anthology of modern torch-songs, neo-soul ballads and beat-heavy trip-hop tracks reflecting on love, relationships lost and won, and the 20-something search for significance and identity. The album continues the band’s creative partnership with NYC Producer Aaron Nevezie, noted for his work with Danger Mouse, tUnE-yArDs and The Black Keys, and features appearances from MC Hone Be Good (The Sidesteps Quintet), RnB vocalist Matt Nanai, and handpicked guest instrumentalists.
The band has been building critical momentum on the NZ music scene in the lead up to their album release. Twice recipients of NZ on Air funding, their music video for ‘Light In You’ is currently in production. They are part of the Red Bull Sound Select Young, Gifted & Broke roster alongside Team Dynamite and Third 3ye, (with whom they toured nationally in 2014) and have been profiled in Red Bulletin magazine. The band have collaborated with local acts including Homebrew and Tama Waipara, and have supported international acts Olivier Daysoul (US), Apollo Brown (US), Oddisee (US), Flatbush Zombies (US), Panama (AUS), & Azizi Gibson (US).
Esther Stephens & The Means are excited to present an emotive, melodically diverse debut album, stitched together with strong storytelling and performances.
“Mesmerising and almost hypnotising… the complementation of these magical musical forces is one that you have to experience.” - Rachael Watson, Groove & Marvel.
Stream the album below or buy now from bandcamp.