San Fermin

San Fermin (Downtown)

SXSW 2014 Records

San Fermin

(Downtown)

San Fermin joyously toys with balance and incongruity. Debut project from Brooklyn composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone, San Fermin seems more an exploration of intricately paralleled perspectives than a coherent octet, yet the result enthralls through layered arrangements that burst between electro-pop frenzy and dramatic, swooning orchestration. Brought to realization behind the countering vocals of Allen Tate and Lucius duo Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig, Ludwig-Leone's compositions remain compelling as the alternating leads wind into an eventual tourniquet together. Tate's low croon hearkens the National's Matt Berninger with corresponding melancholy, while Wolfe and Laessig trill high harmonies into chaotic eruptions. Their "Crueler Kind" and "Sonsick" move from sparse beats into Sufjan-esque, horn-laced choruses, leaping in revolt from Tate's moody, plodding "Casanova" and "Daedalus (What We Have)." Trilogy centerpiece "Methuselah," "At Sea," and "Torero" edge into the atonal clang of "At Night, True Love," which jars most dramatically. An ornate, ambitious debut. (9pm, Latitude 30)

READ MORE
More San Fermin
SXSW Wednesday Record Reviews
San Fermin
Belong (Record Review)

Doug Freeman, March 17, 2017

More Music Reviews
Texas Platters
The Golden Boys
Better Than Good Times (Record Review)

Tim Stegall, Nov. 24, 2017

Texas Platters
The Dan Ryan
Guidance (Record Review)

Rachel Rascoe, Nov. 24, 2017

More by Doug Freeman
Project ATX6
Project ATX6
The city’s unofficial music ambassador program turns 4 thanks to the sweat equity of founder Chris Brecht

Nov. 24, 2017

Texas Platters
David Ramirez
We're Not Going Anywhere (Record Review)

Oct. 27, 2017

KEYWORDS FOR THIS STORY

San Fermin

MORE IN THE ARCHIVES
NEWSLETTERS
AC Daily, Events and Promotions, Luvdoc Answers

Breaking news, recommended events, and more

Official Chronicle events, promotions, and giveaways

Updates for SXSW 2017

All questions answered (satisfaction not guaranteed)