BTV060 – BTV051

The Trouble with Sweeney
Fishtown Briefcase (btv060) cdep
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Starflyer 59
Portuguese Blues (btv059) one-sided LP
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Sufjan Stevens
Seven Swans (btv058) LP
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Saxon Shore
Four Months of Darkness (btv057) cd
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Unwed Sailor
The Marionette and The Music Box (btv056) LP/book+cd
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The Trouble with Sweeney
I Know You Destroy! (btv055) cd
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all american radio
Fragments of (btv054) cd
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The Six Parts Seven
The Attitudes of Collapse (btv053) one-sided LP
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Denison Witmer
Live (btv052) cd
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Ester Drang
Pleasure Themes and Get Rich Schemes (btv051) one-sided LP
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BTV037 Ester Drang : Goldenwest

Ester Drang
“Goldenwest” (btv037)
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Track listing:
1. Goldenwest
2. Song for Jonathon
3. Is Nothing New
4. Repeating the Procedure
5. That is When He Turns Us Golden
6. Words That Cure, Part 1
7. Words That Cure, Part 2
8. How Good is Good Enough?
9. Felicity, Darling

The tracks on Goldenwest are intricate compositions with ghostly melodies and pulsing, moody jams. These are well thought out rhythm and guitar based songs that come out full, filling the room with a washed and airy grace. The electronics nestle into the mix perfectly, the band masterfully avoiding any hint of overindulgence. Influences from My Bloody Valentine, Marvin Gaye, Spiritualized, Mogwai, Phillip Glass, Echo and the Bunnymen, Boards of Canada. Oklahoma’s Ester Drang is all of these, while being none of these.

BTV046 Circle of Birds : s/t

Circle of Birds
“s/t” (btv046)
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Track listing:
1. Old Ironside
2. Circle of Birds
3. Good Fortune at Harbor Freight

Johnathon Ford of Unwed Sailor and Roadside Monument grew up in Broken Arrow, OK. Burnt Toast Vinyl recording artists Ester Drang also hail from the Broken Arrow/Tulsa region. Members of Ester Drang were friends with Ford before he moved to Seattle to pursue his musical endeavors, but remained in contact over the years.

Circle of Birds is a combined effort between Ford, Ester Drang, and members of OK’s country band Lasso. This self-titled release was recorded in forty-eight hours in a practice room at the University of Tulsa, capturing the improvisational efforts of all involved. The result is a spectacular instrumental ep that combines the airy, orchestrated sounds of Ester Drang with the energetic indie approach of Unwed Sailor and just a hint of cowboy inspired country aesthetic from Lasso members. The songs are highly melodic, cinematic, and fragile, serving as a snapshot of the recording session. The recordings were carefully mixed in Seattle by Pedro the Lion’s David Bazan and Johnathon Ford