Estrons – You Say I’m Too Much, I Say You’re Not Enough (The Orchard/Sony)
Genre: Garage Rock
For an album that probably shouldn’t exist and a band that shouldn’t work, Estrons’ debut album is an absolute banger.
It’s pretty rare that two people start a group with little in common, musically, between them. Well Tali Källström and guitarist Rhodri Daniel did exactly that, and the complicated, swirling noise tornado of Estrons is proof that opposites attract.
Källström has one hell of a back story, with more than a splash of person pain involved in that. Album finisher Drop was written from a prison cell, and because the singer wasn’t allowed a pen, chanted out loud until the words stuck in her mind. In fact, the whole album has a slightly grungy, fuck the world feel to it that sounds so right.
And so it should come as no surprise to learn that it’s a frenzy, a whirling dervish a ball of kinetic energy and it’s the perfect way to draw You Say I’m Too Much, I Say You’re Not Enough to a close.
It’s easy to get carried away with Källström’s vocal delivery, or Daniel’s fuzzy, weeping, distorted guitar hooks or a hundred other little things that are happening away in the background and forget that this debut consists of 10 little bits of Källström’s soul, mapped out for your enjoyment.
Cameras is a song written specifically for the singer’s son, while Body is about how social media has made up all obsessed with ourselves – but includes a chart-hit worthy chorus line that’s impossible to ignore.
For the band who wasn’t supposed to exist, crafting songs of this quality is a reminder that nothing is ever as it seems. Like a supermassive black hole collapsing in on itself to form a supernova, Estrons is a daily reminder that something destructive can also be beautiful.
RUSHONROCK RATED: 8/10 I say you’re exactly right