San Fermin – “Daedalus (What We Have)”
Pairs Well With…The National, The Dirty Projectors, Sufjan Stevens
When checking out San Fermin, be sure to dig beyond a single or two, as chief songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone reveals himself like a slow peel, a skilled composer in a range of emotional genres. In fact, my first though upon hearing lead single “Sonsick” was how much it sounded like Lucius (spoiler alert: it’s Lucius), a couple of the twenty-two musicians that make up San Fermin’s wildly ambitious debut. It’s a remarkable effort, equaled in execution as intent. Ludwig-Leone employs a third primary vocalist as part of San Fermin’s conversation - Allen Tate carries a rich baritone that sounds on the verge of tears at times, somehow matching the emotive power of San Fermin’s pastoral and ethereal landscapes. I know we all have a lot of bands to listen to, but a complete run of San Fermin’s debut is now required listening for all OEB devotees. It’s a perfect record and is an easy must-see at SXSW 2014.