A pastiche of post-rock, chamber pop, and contemporary classical composition, San Fermin is the work of Brooklyn composer and songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone.
His self-titled debut album is strongly influenced by his unique background in classical music, which includes a job assisting composer/arranger Nico Muhly. After finishing his musical studies at Yale, Ludwig-Leone wrote the album in six weeks while holed up in a studio on the mountainous border between Alberta and British Columbia. He focused on life's top-shelf issues – youth, nostalgia, anxiety, unrequited love – and tied these vast themes to different characters through vocal contributions from longtime friend Allen Tate, as well as Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig of Lucius.
San Fermin is not an album of singles but rather a sweeping, full-bodied listen with multiple distinct peaks and ambitious thematic connections. Ludwig-Leone composed all of the album’s arrangements and lyrics in full prior to collaborating and recording, noting that “writing for a large group of unknown musicians infused the writing process with a kind of operatic scope.”
San Fermin will be available on CD, vinyl and digital outlets via Downtown Records this fall.
Established in Boston in 2004, The Fenway Recordings Sessions is a regular concert series featuring a mix of the best new and developing indie artists and established acts playing the city's clubs. The shows are hosted by Fenway Recordings at several of Boston’s small venues, including Brighton Music Hall, Cafe 939, and the Middle East, and feature DJ sets from resident DJ Carbo, (Fenway Recordings’ founder, Mark Kates), along with occasional special guest DJs.