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Esque

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The doom and drang of goth-tinged post-punk with the shimmer and bounce of new romantic: that's the synthesis that Esque pull off so masterfully, and can only be the result of launching your head for the clouds from the dingy punk world of Memphis that Jay Reatard champions. The now-New Yorkers debut EP, Everyone's Playing, traipses through decades of art-rock styles with ease, their explorations anchored on two sides by singer/guitarist Darren O'Brien's stirring vocals and powerful songwriting, and Basil Whatley and Chase Anderson's lockjaw/drop-jaw rhythms. And if "Double Blind," a sneak from their in-progress debut full-length, is any indication (and it is), they have no intention of settling down any time soon.

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