ESTHER STEPHENS & THE MEANS

 

THE MEANS

 
 

The Means is at once a band, a production unit, a burgeoning empire, and a philosophy.

Abraham Kunin and Tom Broome are long time comrades over a cross-section of different bands and genres. They had the good fortune to meet their fairer-sexed member, Marika Hodgson amidst the web of local industry musicians - most pertinently, in the band of ex-pat, and regular collaborator, Esther Stephens.

The trioโ€™s chemistry was immediate and palpable. Even rarer though was a newfound collective vision for the music, and lofty ambitions for its future. A prevailing inspiration was the writing and recording of Dโ€™Angeloโ€™s masterpiece Voodoo. Utilising similar techniques for their own creative process, an already tight band gradually became almost telekinetic.

The concept of a functioning group without a singer also emerged. The Means decided to enlist a revolving roster of gifted vocalists for both studio and touring work; a blueprint used to great effect by the likes of SBTRKT, The Robert Glasper Experiment, and artists with the Brainfeeder label.

Their recent E.P. The Ends released in November 2013, brims with fiendish grooves, superior songwriting, production, and musicianship.