[LP/CD – Little Plastic Tapes 03 – Nov 2000]

Printed on 220grm vinyl in a run of 100. OUT OF PRINT.

Printed on c.d. in a run of 500. OUT OF PRINT.



Irish Times Newspaper – Review by Tony Clayton-Lea.


With the likes of Westlife on top of pop music charts worldwide, there is an anti-pop eager beaver mentality bubbling up in Ireland, a virtual underground ethos that mirrors punk rock’s financially unsound but creatively uplifting DIY spirit. Dublin band Estel belong to this adventurous class of 2000, a four piece who have fashioned a distinctive record brimming with artful, naive soundscapes and a willingness to push the envelope that older, more successful bands lost the will to push many years ago. Occasional failure, of course, goes with the territory but this is a moderate success, full of neat touches and sublime rackets.3 stars out of 5

Event Guide – Review By Paul Fogarty.


It is of course, stupid to call a bunch of kids making punk rock music (in the loosest possible sense), putting out seven inches and playing their own small gigs a ‘scene’, given a wildly divergent and eclectic range of bands now doing it, but there hasn’t been such a buzz around small Dublin bands in ages, and it shows in gig attendance and the sales of these low budget, high quality singles in Road records, who now have a section devoted entirely to them. However pleasurable a 7″ slab of is, it’s a short and sweet pleasure.Thank god Estel have weighed in with this fantastic 8 song debut, the kind of album that many will be sinking into and wrapping up warm with this winter.After releasing one of the very best singles of the year in the form of ‘One Deep Breath’, ‘Angelpie’ takes them a step further – an album brimming with confidence, packed with ideas, one which excites and emotes in equal measures and stands up to repeated listens effortlessly.Though this is what you could term ‘post-rock’, there is not a trace of derivativeness, as they put their own idiosyncratic spin on the genre. So ‘Nutpufragies’ opens up the album with an understated, low key symphonic sweep, locking into the kind of beautiful, circular drones that Spacemen 3 excelled at. This carries into the odd ‘Little Red Rock Star’, with it’s rolling piano and mysterious spoken word vocal. The wonderfully titled ‘Someone Should Blow that Sick Fuck Out of his Socks’ starts off with a space pop drone of organ, before a savage, jarring two note riff kicks off and helps it build to a noisy overpowering ending. ‘Push The Nut Button’ is a brattier punkier take on ‘You Make Me Realise’ era My Bloody Valentine, all dense, layered noise that Mogwai would be proud of.The sometimes frustrating lo fi production and obvious reference points aside, Estel already sound like they could be huge, if not in sales then in musical stature. As the beautiful closer ‘The Langoliers’ sends us dreamily on our way in an echo of spectral guitar and piano and another serene yet surreal word vocal.Estel have their little flaws, but ‘Angelpie’ is quite, quite enchanting. Be enchanted

Hot Press Magazine – Review By Eamon Sweeney.


Art punk soundsculptors Estel have already wowed and wooed a limited edition legion of ardent admirers with a lovingly homecrafted and homemade 7″. Now it’s debut album time and the artifact in question, Angelpie I think I Ate Your Face, is worthy of the wait and expectation.It slides into life on ‘Nutpufragies (by the sea)’with the gentle and gorgeous synthesized strings and one of the most distinctive drumming styles you’ll find this side of Steve Shelley or Todd Trainer. Estel explore all the creepy possibilities making a lovely racket involves – at times a dreamy (‘Little Red Rock Star’), sometimes cacophonous (‘Push the Nut Button’) and occasionally utterly sublime (‘Homebase’, ‘Chronicles of Naz’).’Chronicles of Naz’, in particular, is an awesome five minute snapshot of a band unit completely coming in to their own. Spooky nursery keyboard chimes and delicate guitar strokes are punctuated by a magnificently moody bassline and another superb drumming performance. And to beautifully cap it off, a long and lovely electronic hum of an outro is haunting in the extreme.’Someone Should Blow That Sick Fuck (Out Of His Socks)’ would be prime candidate of an instrumental anthem to have ’em air-guitaring in the aisles, even if the primal guitar riff is a little too reminiscent of the Mogwai classic ‘Christmas Steps’. It is very easy to forgive Estel for the minor blip, because Angelpie… is virtually faultless, and when was the last time you heard a first album this good? A weird, wonderful and wicked debut.10/12

Komakino zine – Italy.


From Ireland with sweetness, exactly from Roscommon and Dublin, Estel are young art-rock heroes, spleen made music, dividing up this CD between instrumental (the most) and not. Homebase has been the first ever song i heard, brilliant, cleverly simple in it’s melancholy, the tender affection of a girl, on a few guitar notes, a delicate piano, and the final load of percussions. A song like that has been sufficient to convince me they are a deeply inspired group. And anyway, the mastered CD i got is proof of that. Released last year, distributed by Cargo in the UK and No Idea in the USA. It collects some inner indie music with a new-wave background (especially on bass and keyboards) as with The Langoliers, One Deep Breath, unhappy nocturnal flowers-musique look promising.

Reason To Believe zine – Leeds, UK – Review By Cath O Connor.


10 tracks of beautiful, predominantly instrumental, meanderings from these Irish heroes and heroines. The keyboards reminded me a little of the music from Halloween – eerie and somewhat enchanting. Not the best production in the world, but this is masked by the gentle abstract noise that can be slightly surreal at times. Music I could go to sleep to …(as long as I had teddy moose close by.)

Monograph zine #2 – Shropshire, UK.


It’s great when you stumble across something really special isn’t it? Estel are a great new band from Dublin who are making really inspiring music.They sound vaguely postrock, but far from introverted, as much of the genre tends to be, instead being highly uplifting and life affirming. This is achieved by beautiful melodies and softly sung vocals. Estel set themselves apart by their unusual use of keyboards, which are high up in the mix and feature very centrally to the whole album. Guitars are also used,and the two instruments weave together to produce very original music. Unusually for a postrock band, girls feature in the lineup, which considering the general sexism of the genre is also really inspiring. Estel are really worthy of your attention, and deserve more attention in this country. Go and see them when they tour here with Unwound!



“angelpie” is definitely an impressive debut that will make fans of the shoe-gazer meets dreamy pop meets primarily spacey instrumental music happy.