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ESTHER STEPHENS & THE MEANS

Purveyors of modern torch song, stripped back soul, jazz beats and vibrant psychedelia, Auckland quartet Esther Stephens & The Means are one of the most exciting young ensembles operating in New Zealand and Australia.

Singer & actress Esther Stephens is a mainstay of the Auckland music scene, having lent her pipes to acts including Homebrew, Sola Rosa and Tama Waipara. Her first underground release ‘Asahi’ was praised by music journalist Martyn Pepperell as a ‘sultry, richly toned trip-hop/modern soul voice through an engaging melodic and rhythmic frame’ (Martyn Pepperell, Vanguard Red Magazine) and in 2012 Esther was given special mention after the release of the chart topping Home Brew album on which she features. ‘Stephens is a true standout, and adds her smoky-toned R&B talents to four different tracks including the classily smouldering Plastic Magic.’ (Lydia Jenkin, NZ Herald).

Abraham Kunin (guitar), Tom Broome (drums) and Marika Hodgson (Bass) aka The Means got their start several years ago as session musicians, bonding at the time over D'Angelo records and a shared love of playing. Having spent the last couple of years gigging on both sides of the Tasman, and sharing stages with the likes of Olivier Daysoul (US), Apollo Brown (US) and Oddisee (US), things really crystalised for The Means late 2013 with the release of their Aaron Nevezie (The Bunker Studio, NYC) produced debut EP The Ends. Featuring outside contributions from vocalists Rachel Fraser, Jesse Cassin, and Courtney Meredith, keyboardist Steph Brown (Lips) and beatmaker Christoph El Truento, their EP lead to media coverage and support from New Zealand Musician, 13th Floor, Wildstyle Mag, Vanguard Red and Radio New Zealand. 

Continuing the longterm creative partnership which most notably produced three tracks from 'The Ends EP', and singles 'Free', and NZ on Air funded 'Under You' Esther Stephens & The Means have made their tryst public. On the back of successful Red Bull Sound Select NZ tours, they have joined both forces and monikers, and are currently producing an EP under this unified banner, due for release Summer 2015. 

"Mesmerising and almost hypnotising…the complementation of these two magical musical forces is one that you have to experience" Rachael Watson, Groove & Marvel

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Thanks for spinning our tunes Air New Zealand!
http://www.airnewzealand.co.nz/entertainment/july-2014/all/music/synopsis/the-ends/3278
I'm looking forward to listening to The Ends on my next Air New Zealand flight.
Auckland! We got a gig up here this month too :)
An event put together by a slew of good causes- WWF New Zealand, Forest & Bird, Greenpeace New Zealand, Generation Zero, Oxfam NZ, 350 Aotearoa, and SIC Entertainment. We're sharing the stage with a bunch of other rad acts, and its free, but if you want to come, you have to RSVP:
www.climaxconcert.eventbrite.co.nz
https://www.facebook.com/events/828339260517622/
Does anyone out there watch Shortland Street? Apparently this got a spin on episode 5568. Thanks to the good peeps at Aeroplane Music Services for sharing our song with Chris Warner.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ms3npucRhK4
www.facebook.com/themeansbeats www.themeansbeats.bandcamp.com Video by Oliver Rose. Instruments recorded @ Roundhead engineered by Tom Anderson Vox recorded ...
Hey guys, #Voiceless is available now on iTunes in both NZ and Australia, all proceeds go to the good folk at Amnesty International. You get some new music, Amnesty get support, we get warm fuzzies, everybody wins!
https://itunes.apple.com/nz/album/voiceless-single/id911173894?ign-mpt=uo%3D4
Preview and download Voiceless - Single on iTunes. See ratings and read customer reviews.
We made a little video with our man Tom Scott to promote a line of kitchenware that we'll be releasing shortly after the next album. Better living everyone. #Betterliving #Mykitchenrules #Breakmusic
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDziZyv1XeA&index=1&list=UUWm9-C04m17IVBWskfxAl3Q
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDziZyv1XeA&index=1&list=UUWm9-C04m17IVBWskfxAl3Q
Red Bull Sound Select curated by Young Gifted & Broke. 20th September, Dux Live, Christchurch. Free tickets at redbullsoundselect.com/nz #breakmusic #ygb
Just announced this morning- We're gonna be coming for a visit Christchurch! Along with Third3ye, Team Dynamite, and RaizaBiza, we're proud to be representing Young Gifted And Broke for the next Red Bull Sound Select takeover. See you there? #breakmusic
https://www.facebook.com/events/608800075908159/

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