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Estel have now been strutting their uncompromising stuff for over a decade and their number of line up changes almost rivals that of The Fall. Throughout that time, they’ve given ne’er a tinker’s cuss about courting popularity. As fads have come and gone along rock’s lost highway, Estel have always purposefully missed each turn marked ‘chart action’, preferring to veer into unmapped, weird and progressively forbidden territory wherever possible. Even in these open and enlightened times, their characteristically undomesticated instrumentals do not sit comfortably in any scenester’s pigeonhole long enough to be flavour of the week. [Johnny Craig/ In Dublin Magazine.]