Positivity’s easier to ruin than restore but Perth fantasy windsurfer John William Tanner’s elusive soft rock miniatures under the Eleventeen Eston handle evoke, in his own words, “a type of optimism and sincerity that exists (or did exist) in popular music, beyond any notion of nostalgia.”
Though the biro-wielding cassette ninjas of the world may disagree, some things are too good to stay on tape forever, and Basso is delighted to bring you the first ever vinyl version of Eston's Debut, 'Delta Horizon'.
Originally released on a Not Not Fun cassette in 2014, EE's evocative debut made it into the tape decks of the hundred coolest people on the planet, where it has remained ever since, stretched and slackened by constant play.
Now remastered for vinyl by Sergey Luginin, 'Delta Horizon' is ready to take over your turntable, its humid funk and sun-kissed guitars the perfect conditions for a living room mirage. Across thirteen tracks, Eston tops crackling drum machines with optimistic keys, nimble jazz bass and chiming guitars, recalling an unremembered 80s of pastel shades, coastal romance and lemon juice highlights.
Blurry references to infomercial pop and arcade boogie flirt with vaporwave's nostalgic aesthetic, but Eston's sound is more heartfelt, even when it wobbles under the heatstroke.
If Todd Rundgren suffered an LA ego death in 1974 and woke up on the Perth shoreline in the mid 80s, he'd have tried to make music like this, but he wouldn‘t have come anywhere close to 'Delta Horizon'.
1. The Sling 03:26
2. Broth II 02:19
3. Tonight (Sans Columns) 02:41
4. Delta Horizon (Wedge) 02:36
5. Panulirus Cygnus 03:28
6. Its All Again 02:48
7. Shoelace Episode 1: Hugo's Theme (Prelude) 02:13
8. Decisive Winds 02:52
9. Dante's Parallel 01:47
10. Interzone Broth 03:20
11. Two Stroke Vertical Climb 04:50
12. Pale Geranium Lake 04:39
13. Fetch Island City 03:44
Format: 12-inch Vinyl LP
Label: Growing Bin Records
Released: August 2019
Genre: Downtempo / Balearic