Wednesday 21 February 2018

Utterly compelling excursion

San Fermin
San Fermin

san fermin

san fermin

(downtown records)

As we head into a lean period for new releases when the schedule is awash with best-ofs and festive offerings, it would be easy to neglect this masterful debut album from these Brooklyn-based newcomers.

Fronted by 24-year-old Ellis Ludwig-Leone and featuring a large troupe of musicians, San Fermin is one of the great American albums of the year -- a complex, daring and utterly compelling excursion into chamber pop.

Throughout, male and female vocals mesh together beautifully, not least on the gorgeous brass-inflected Methuselah -- I defy anyone not to be charmed by its beauty -- and there are wonderfully esoteric flights of fancy elsewhere that manage to stay on the right side of self-indulgent.

Allen Tate is the vocalist who sounds a little like our own Adrian Crowley, while the effervescent female singing is courtesy of Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe of New York band Lucius.

Christmas is coming: buy this for someone you love.

Methuselah; Daedalus (What We Have)

Irish Independent

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