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San Fermin

San FerminAudio CD
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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San Fermin is the brainchild of a Brooklyn songwriter and pianist named Ellis Ludwig-Leone, but he’s no frontman: Three singers share lead-vocal duties on the chamber-pop band’s self-titled debut, and he’s not one of them. Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig also sing in Lucius, but they don’t harmonize so much as sing in unison; the third vocalist is Allen Tate, whose grim, ... Read more in Amazon's San Fermin Store

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  • Audio CD (September 17, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: 2013
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Downtown
  • ASIN: B00E688LXK
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #35,352 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2013 release from the Brooklyn based Indie band. Led by principal songwriter and composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone, San Fermin is a pastiche of post-rock, chamber-pop and contemporary classical composition. San Fermin features 17 tracks that are strongly influenced by Ellis Ludwig-Leone's unique background in classical music, which includes a job assisting composer/arranger Nico Muhly, and fittingly features instrumentalists from the likes of Bon Iver, yMusic, and Asphalt Orchestra.

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely one of 2013's best! September 24, 2013
Format:Audio CD
What if the Dirty Projectors was led by Matt Berninger of The National?

San Fermin, the brainchild of songwriter/composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone, is a mix of baroque pop and indie-rock. In a story seemingly too hip to be true, Ludwig-Leone isolated himself in the Canadian woods after graduating from Yale. There, he composed the vast bulk of San Fermin on his own. When he got back to New York to record the album in studio, little changed of the original compositions. San Fermin; however, doesn't sound like it once existed only on paper -- it's an album that lives, breathes, and inhabits space. Already with one ballet score under his belt, Ludwig-Leone splashes his own brand of baroque and classical sensibilities all over indie rock. The result is an album that is exciting, original, and masterfully crafted.

Much musical ground is covered in Ludwig-Leone's first studio album. There's influences of baroque and classical music, but there's an equal presence of modern indie-rock. A wealth of instruments peek into the album at various points too: saxophones, trumpets, violins, pianos, drums, bass guitar, clarinets, electric guitar, and cellos. San Fermin sprawls to such a degree that its use of three vocalists doesn't feel appropriate -- it feels downright necessary. The male vocals are provided by Allen Tate, whose slow baritone feels a lot like Matt Berninger from The National, and the female voice parts are usually performed as a duet by Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig. The different voice tracks throughout the album function as different characters in an operatic story about loneliness, anxiety, and love.

Of course, none of this would be worth anything if the album was no good. And San Fermin isn't just good -- it's downright beautiful.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm a better listener than writer... September 20, 2013
Format:MP3 Music
...and right now I'm listening the HELL out of this album! This is a marvelous album and the whole thing works beautifully together!

The album features the voice of three different singers and is accompanied by magnificent instrumentals. The highlights for me are Sonsick, Methuselah, Torero and Daedalus, however, you would be doing yourself a disservice by not purchasing the entire album and listening to each track sequentially.

This is one of my top 5 albums of the year so far and offers an immense and expansive universe for us to explore. I've probably listened to it over 20 times and I'm still trying to navigate the nuances. It's wonderful when new acts like this come along that challenge us as listeners instead of offering up the same ol' formulaic drivel.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Buy this album. December 5, 2013
Format:Audio CD
As years pass, music comes and goes. Some songs (or even entire albums) pass through your consciousness without a second thought, never to be heard again. Some can even be your current favorite, but eventually vacate the limited space on your mp3 player to make way for newer fare. However, once in a great while there comes an album that firmly plants itself in your mind and boldly states "I'm not going anywhere". It's an album that not only will stand the test of time (and iDevice song capacity), but will go on to define the time in your life that it entered. It's an intensely personal thing, and one that I find difficult to put into words.

San Fermin caught me off guard: I was innocently browsing the listening station at my local record shop, and came across an odd cover with a bull. Not giving it a second thought, I gave it a listen. 45 seconds in, I was hooked.

Unlike many other album's I've heard, it's an entire unit rather than a series of relatively unconnected songs. The fact that the album was composed over the course of six weeks as one large project is certainly evident. As such, the individual songs took me on a journey unlike most else I've heard. Particularly during the latter half of the album as the tone shifts into the uncomfortable, it does so with a cohesiveness often lost on normal progressive rock.

I'm also consistently fascinated with the album's exploration of similar tone qualities, particularly in its pairing of the two sopranos and either their brass or string quartet. With tracks two and five, the combination of the vocalists and brass to create full chords in wonderful harmonies is a perfect blend.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Review for vinyl - physical product February 14, 2014
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This review does not reflect the music, but the vinyl LP and it's packaging. For many of us that like vinyl, the music is only part of the experience. The other part is holding the album art, following along in lyric books and liner notes, or showing the album artwork off to friends.

This is where San Fermin on vinyl falls short. It comes with the album cover in a thin cardboard slip-sleeve. Inside is a single LP and a download card. There is no lyric insert or liner notes. In addition, the decision to put all 17 tracks on a single LP seems to have reduced the sound quality. My other LPs sound better.

In conclusion, if you're torn between cd or vinyl, get the CD. Not much added value in going vinyl.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars BEAUTIFUL AND STRANGE
Strange in a good way. Of course I love music I already know, but it's also interesting to listen to music you've not heard before. This is one of those CDs.
Published 2 months ago by Micole D.
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay, ambitious but not always successful
I bought this because I love the Lucius album, and the women in Lucius handle much of the vocal work in San Fermin. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Timothy Hallinan
5.0 out of 5 stars incredible! a must have!
San Fermin

The first single Sonsick, is a slow crescendo of minimal drums, melodic vocals then washes over you with the addition of an array of horns, and chorus. Read more
Published 3 months ago by R.R.
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic album!
One of the most beautiful albums I've ever heard. I can't wait to hear more! The tracks are so inventive and ethereal.
Published 3 months ago by PK Campbell
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant debut
Gorgeous, intelligent, experimental chamber pop. The most amazing part is they can pull it off live as well. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Joshua M Kastrinsky
5.0 out of 5 stars Such of the mainstream and enjoyable.
This really grew on me the more I listened. I am looking forward to MORE I recommend for the audiophile.
Published 4 months ago by Kent B
5.0 out of 5 stars Best album of 2013, no matter what Kanye says.
It's in the title. Seriously, I haven't paid for any music in years.... BUY THIS ALBUM! Some of the best music these ears have ever witnessed.
Published 5 months ago by Jakob D Vendegna
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
Absolutely wonderful imaginative work! This is a band I hope I hear more from in the future. Buy this work!
Published 5 months ago by Paul McDonald
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome
Great recording, and a great band to see live. I can't wait to see what comes next from them. Keep it up.
Published 5 months ago by Efrain Arredondo
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
I was plesantly surprised with this album. It was so beautiful and unique. I found myself falling in love with the different songs and would listen to them on repeat. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Jennifer Williams
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