Tulsa, Oklahoma’s Ester Drang released their ground-breaking
Goldenwest album on Burnt Toast Vinyl in 2001. Soon after those
sessions, they went into the studio and recorded “All the
Feeling” with Trent
Bell (Flaming Lips) for a multi-media compilation that never came
This recording features Flaming Lips’ drummer/multi-instrumentalist
Steven Drozd on several parts. The project then morphed into a one-sided
LP with three additional tracks mixed and completed after their
full-length Infinite Keys was released on Jade Tree in 2003. Aside
out of print, self-released split 7”, Pleasure Themes and
Get Rich Schemes
is Ester Drang‘s only available vinyl release to date.
Pleasure Themes and Get Rich Schemes opens with the instrumental
“Easy Money” finding the Drang using electronics far
more than normal.
When the programmed drum tracks kick in, you realize that this is
something very different. Layers of synthesizers are coupled with
guitar track and the electronic beats to meet a trumpet part. Drozd’s
various contributions to “All the Feeling” result in
a fuller, more expansive
and lush version than what appears on Infinite Keys. The side closes
the title track showcasing Ester Drang’s signature atmospheric,
sound. Tracks 1 and 4 are originals and Tracks 2 and 3 are alternate
versions to those which appear on Infinite Keys.
The album artwork features portrait sketches drawn by singer/guitarist
Bryce Chambers and was designed by keyboardist David Motter.
Members of Ester Drang have been touring and recording with Pedro
Lion, Sufjan Stevens, Denison Witmer, Starflyer 59, Unwed Sailor,
even Ryan Cabrerra. In addition, several members collaborated with
Unwed Sailor’s Johnathon Ford as Circle of Birds (Burnt Toast
Ester Drang is planning to record their third full-length in 2005
which will be
released on Jade Tree.