Esthero revisiting her past to realize her future
She is sometimes compared to Bjork, Portishead and Sade. Her melodies, voice and undeniably vulnerable lyrics will carry you through every sentiment and emotion you will allow it to. And then bring you bed afterwards.
Esthero is back with another full-length album titled Everything is Expensive, due to be released on October 30, 2012. The Stratford, ON-native’s sound characteristically features her voice over a mix of mellow bass lines, jazzy trumpets, Spanish guitar and hip-hop with just a slice of electronic.
Esthero is one of those sans-definitive-genre vocalists, who also has a broad scope of interests and a passion for creating new sounds that are hard to fit into a classic categories.
“I am my fathers daughter, so I am a jazz girl at heart. I am also my mother’s daughter and I happily tagged along with her to Summerfolk [Festival] every year as a child. So I am a folk lover at heart,” says Esthero.
“My youth was spent in small towns, where country narrated the lives of so many. I am a disciple of Patsy Cline. And because I spent my formative late-teen years in the best, and most diverse, city in the world [Toronto], my heart beats with the boom boom bap of hip-hop. My heart is a drum, filled with all of these things and so, yes, I am hip-hop, yes I am rock n roll, and everything else in between.”
With the support of a musically gifted family by her side, and an insatiable passion for writing, producing and vocalizing her art, it’s no surprise that Esthero has been performing live in high demand for the last 15 years.
Everything is Expensive is something of a culmination of a decade-and-a-half in the game. With songs like “Never Let You Go,” co-written and produced with Adam Bravin (She Wants Revenge), this enthralling and intimate new album is hopefully a mere sneak peek of what’s on the horizon for Esthero.
Drawing inspiration from many outlets of life such as the Vancouver coastline and the beautiful hiking trails in California, Esthero bursts out of her songwriting shell on this offering, with a more direct and less omniscient perspective. Still very much the sultry, honest storytelling and oh-so sweet style of Esthero, this album extends to us a more literal, raw and exposed side of the Toronto artist.
“Everyone had been telling me that this was the kind album I had to put out,” Esthero says “It only took 15 years.”