First Listen: San Fermin, 'Jackrabbit'

April 13, 2015 3:03 AM

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San Fermin's 2013 debut brims over with ideas: The brainchild of one guy, classically trained Brooklyn composer and multi-instrumentalist Ellis Ludwig-Leone, it's a nearly hourlong feast of gorgeous chamber-pop storytelling. Ludwig-Leone doesn't sing on San Fermin — those duties are turned over to Allen Tate, whose voice often recalls that of Bill Callahan, and to the women of Lucius — but that album's vision is one entirely of his making.

On Jackrabbit, Ludwig-Leone's vision stretches to accommodate San Fermin's own growth: Though Lucius has been replaced by a single voice (belonging to Charlene Kaye), the band has officially swelled to a more-or-less full-time octet, whose many live performances together have helped give San Fermin'...

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