Esthero

Esthero

What is it?  :  The debut of a Toronto songstress and her production/songwriting partner that expertly blended genres and showed the way for many a developing young artist struggling to find their voice in the years immediately following grunge/alternative.  I would argue that the album was far ahead of its time…in fact, I did argue exactly that and you can read it here.

Why isn't it on vinyl?  :  Vinyl was dead in 1998, this was the beginning of ubiquity for compact discs.  Digital music came with a lot of upside, and listeners had shown an eagerness to adopt it en masse.  The record's backer, WORK Group, did put out a vinyl release, but only a handful of this initial (and only official) pressing remain in circulation.  You can get it if you want to pay $400+ but for many of us it is effectively out-of-reach.

Why should it be?  :  The album contains delicious basslines throughout, and many songs have great electronic aspects that will flat-out shine on the vinyl format.  Also, Esthero's vocal work here vies for 9th-Wonder-of-the-World status and her fans (including me) are desperate to hear how it plays in analog high-fidelity.  Also also, a brand new generation of fans deserves to bask in the warm glow of this landmark LP.  And if all that doesn't convince you, here's a bonus reason:  Breath From Another will be celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.  To paraphrase another genre-busting 90s artist, what better time than now?

Christopher O'Riley

Christopher O'Riley

Team Sleep

Team Sleep