ESTROGEN HIGHS

HEAR ME ON THE NUMBER STATION (TROUBLE IN MIND)

ESTROGEN HIGHS - HEAR ME ON THE NUMBER STATION 74774
Format:
1 LPD
Release:
03.10.2014
Label:
TROUBLE IN MIND
Kat.-Nr.:
74774
Barcode:
0700686988219
It 's been a full two years since the Estrogen Highs have graced our turntables, but after a brief hiatus the boys are back & with a healthy batch of eighteen songs that comprise their fourth full-length "Hear Me On The Number Station".

The teeth-rattling scree of 2012's "Irrelevant Future" is (mostly) dialed back to a pensive hum, without sacrificing any of the lyrical bite, and sits comfortably alongside an exploratory pop drive, embracing the dichotomy between noise & quietude with confidence & ease.

Vocalist/guitarist Stefan Christiansen's laconic delivery is the lynchpin to many of the album's eighteen tunes, with lyrics that sway between the abstract & the intimately specific.

The New Haven, Connecticuit band has always had one foot in the musical waters of New Zealand, & the influence of their Kiwi-pop forefathers, but this time out the band incorporates the more avant textures of the Xpressway discography rather than Flying Nun.

The delicate piano mantra "Ungrateful" & pensive guitar strummers like "Sideways Through Trees", "Forever Designing My Stationary " & "Poverty of Human Words" are jammed next to lean punk rippers like "The Russian" & "This Harsh Country " & budget anthems "Hospital Cloud" & "For This Structure", all of which give "Hear Me On The umber Station" the feel of an amazingly curated mixtape of unknown DIY pop.

Recorded & mixed by the band themselves in varying degrees of fidelity, "Hear Me On The Number Station" was mastered by Australian audio guru Mikey Young, comes housed in a black & white jacket & inner sleeve w/lyrics.

The first edition of "Hear Me On The Number Station" is pressed on randomly mixed vinyl & includes a download code.

RIYL: Pixies, Wire, Parquet Courts, Tyvek, Peter Gutteridge, Xpressway Records & Television Personalities
 
  • Tracklisting
  • 1.1. ARGYLE ENTHUSIAST
  • 1.2. FOR THIS STRUCTURE
  • 1.3. SIDEWAYS THROUGH TREES
  • 1.4. FLASHING FIREWORKS
  • 1.5. GUILT PARTITION
  • 1.6. THE RUSSIAN
  • 1.7. SPORTS GAZE
  • 1.8. PRIVELAGE
  • 1.9. UNGRATEFUL
  • 1.10. LEAR
  • 1.11. THIS HARSH COUNTR Y
  • 1.12. SOUND TIGERS
  • 1.13. NEWTOWN TEEN CENTER
  • 1.14. UNDEREMPLOYED
  • 1.15. HOSPITAL CLOUD
  • 1.16. FOREVER DESIGNING MY STATIONAR Y
  • 1.17. HUMAN FLINGS
  • 1.18. POVERTY OF HUMAN WORDS