A horrible hack

The Estranged


Year Released: 2014
Format: LP
Label: Sabotage
Reviewed by Bob Alderdice on May 14, 2014
This is my first taste of Portlandís, The Estranged and Iím really enjoying it. They play broody yet driving post-punk which, to me, sounds like something between Red Dons and The Cure. (I think thatís what it is, anyway Ė Iím not too hot on genres: itís all just Ďpunkí as far as Iím concerned.)

For me, this album is a real Ďgrowerí, not just because Iím enjoying it more with each play, but because I feel like Iím hearing more of it every time. There are some really interesting elements to these songs and it takes a few listens to really appreciate just how much craftsmanship has gone into them. Looking at The Estrangedís Bandcamp page, I can see that they experimented with a few things musically: the use of a bow on guitar, feedback loops, piano, farfisa, backwards guitar, female back-up vocals, etc.

The album is a real gem throughout but the standout track for me has to be ĎHideí. Itís one of the more upbeat tracks on the album, and the drumming (which is probably one of my favourite things about this record) really gives a sense of impetus. I love the keyboard sounds on this song as well, and I suppose this is where The Troggs influence which the band mention shines through. Itís a belter!

Iím really pleased that Iíve managed to stumble upon this lot; Iíll certainly be keeping an eye out for more of their records in future.

Recommended record by Collective Zine!

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