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Stereo Embers’ Track of the Day: The Sextants’ “Take A Step”

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Breaking a 22-year silence, the Sextants have returned with a brand new single.

Hailing from Las Cruces, New Mexico, The Sextants’ Lucky You album, which was released in 1991 on Imago, was an instant classic. Singer Brennan Hester, along with his sister Lori, Matt Boudreau and Max Butler, played a stirring blend of rootsy pop that prefigured everyone from the Gin Blossoms to Counting Crows. Hester’s musical references ranged from Black Flag to The Byrds and Lucky You proved that he was one of the greatest young songwriters in America.

Although the band called it a day in the mid-90s, they recently reunited to pay tribute to their friend Bugs Salcido by recording one of Bugs’ numbers “Beautiful Like Smoke.”

Working on the song reignited the band’s desire to record together again and the immediate result is “Take A Step.”

Buoyed by a big crunchy chorus and the Hester siblings’ trademark vocal interplay, “Take A Step” is a catchy and powerful track that’s a late entry for one of the best songs of 2014.

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Looking ahead, the The Sextants are planning to release a series of new singles and are even thinking about playing a few select dates in 2015.

“We’re just enjoying working together again,” Brennan Hester says in the band’s press release. “Recording without pressure is exciting and I think it shows in our music.”