[7″ E.P. – Little Plastic Tapes 02 – Feb 2000]
Printed on vinyl in a run of 200. OUT OF PRINT.
Added to the end of the c.d. version of ‘Angelpie, I think I ate your face’.
Thumped website – review by Ste.
The first thing that must be said about this record is that it is beautiful, amazingly, lovingly packaged. Around the cardboard envelope that makes the cover, there are two strips of pink ribbon. Each has a hand-painted cat’s face on the front, with ‘Estel’ printed into the corner. I didn’t want to open the record at first; it seemed to me like ruining a piece of art. However, open it I did, though not without some reluctance. Inside, along with the inserts and contact info, there’s a hand stamped, hand written, thick vinyl record. ‘One Deep Breath’ is something you should have heard live by now (because you’ve all seen Estel live, haven’t you, yes you have, that’s right). It’s the slower of the two tracks, and starts off with a keyboard tinkling. Then everything segues in and it builds up and up and finally fades out with lots of trebly guitar scree. If I was lazy about this, there are lots of comparisons that could be made (Mogwai, New Order, Stereolab), but there very clearly is an original edge here. The bass, when it comes in, is leaden and reverby, and the drums are propulsive and very well recorded. ‘Crunch Crunch, It’s Oh So Quiet’ is Estel’s usual set-closer (I think) and it’s hard not to think of Ian Curtis going “dance dance dance dance dance to the radio” and doing a dead-fly dance. Which, by the way, is a good thing. Just when you think it’s run out of steam, the drums come back in, and the demented keyboard line picks up again, and the whole thing is run in to the ground in a ‘Sister Ray’ style. Yes!If there were records like this that only came out once every five years, I’d be happy. As it is, Estel have shown that they have the ability to back up looking far cooler than anyone else.
Unfit for Consumption zine – review by Trevor Meehan.
This band features 3 females and one Andrew Bushe (current skinsman with Sir Killalot and Circle Again).I actually saw them live a while ago supporting Month of Birthdays where they came across as a very instrumental, a relaxing quartet. And here on this 7″ things don’t change too much with two tracks of atmospheric spine tingling keyboard/piano driven backdrops. In fact the keys/piano sound so eerie it could be lifted straight off the film scores to the Exorcist or Halloween.The guitars on the other hand are quite fuzzy and hidden in the mix behind the thumping drums – whether this is intentional I’m not sure. Good to see an Irish band having the “balls” (sorry ladies!) to try something different like this..