May 19, 2016
Announcing the worldwide release of acclaimed indie singer-songwriter Bryan Estepa’s fifth studio album, ‘Every Little Thing.’
One of Sydney, Australia’s best-kept secrets, Estepa has reached a new level of maturity as a songwriter with this carefully-crafted collection of songs that holds the power to lift the heaviest heart with lyrics that are simple but wise, and melodies that are catchy but thoughtfully composed.
Growing up in a musical family in Quezon City, Philippines, Estepa’s ears were filled with the sounds of The Eagles, Simon & Garfunkel and 60’s Rock and Roll. After his family moved to Australia when he was nine, he went from being a budding songwriter at age 15 to growing a strong following in Spain and across Europe. Cutting his teeth on the Sydney 90’s pub scene as a member of a local band, his recording career blossomed, taking him across the USA and Europe, and earning him respectable indie radio play – especially in Spain, Sweden and London, England and parts of the East Coast, USA and festival invitations. In 2015, Estepa toured Europe including London, England, Spain and Sweden, while writing songs for his latest album, ‘Every Little Thing.’
His musical influences are across the map, ranging from Muddy Waters to 90’s Alternative music and Hall & Oates, but his constant go-to artists are The Beatles and their respective solo projects, Neil Young, The Beach Boys, The Band, You Am I, and Elliott Smith. The Beatles are very evident in the sound of “Every Little Thing, ” especially in songs like ‘Count Your Blessings’ and ‘Object of My Disaffection’ with catchy, repeating melodies well-balanced with complex harmonies. Likened to a cross between Alt-Country and Power Pop, Estepa calls himself simply a singer-songwriter, citing more recent inspirations as Brian Wilson, Ryan Adams and Wilco, the latter of which, incidentally, would be one of Estepa’s dream collaborators. The other would have been the late great Beatle, George Harrison.
Despite many years of recording and touring, Estepa says, “It’s only really in the last couple of years that I think I’m finding my feet in this craft and a sense of me as a songwriter.”
He says his songs come from everywhere and at anytime, inspired by life and friends, and now that he is a father, his family. “Just recently,” he said, “I wrote my first song for my very young kids. More a conversation on the realities of life ahead, rather than a straight declaration of my love for them.”
Currently Estepa is working with two talented Sydney musicians who call themselves The Tempe Two, consisting of Dave Keys on bass, and Russell Crawford on drums. While they often back him for performances and for recordings, Estepa continues to perform as a solo artist.
His strongest feat of songwriting to date, ‘Every Little Thing’ holds appeal for anyone seeking a satisfying listening experience of thoughtful lyrics, memorable melodies and rich layers of well-rendered harmonies.
Watch the music video to the introductory single “Object Of My Disaffection”
Every Little Thing by Bryan Estepa & The Tempe Two is available in major digital stores and streaming sites worldwide under Lilystars Records and in CD format under Rock Indiana Records.