PopGun & The Wild Honey Pie Present
Wilsen, Belle Mare
289 Kent Avenue
Brooklyn, NY, 11249
Doors 8:30 PM
This event is 21 and over
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.
San Fermin pulls some of its inspiration from Ernest Hemingway's classic novel The Sun Also Rises. "I was interested in the idea of living one's life 'all the way up,'" explains Ludwig-Leone. "Like Hemingway?s characters, the male voice in San Fermin is so desperate to feel something that he's hoping to find it anywhere, even if that's in an unconvinced and rather jaded woman."
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.
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."
The first track released from the album, "Sonsick," tackles many of these larger themes head-on. "I was near the end of a relationship and, not coincidentally, the song contains a direct and brutal confrontation between opposing views on the subject," he says. "I realized that the most intense moments are the ones in which conflicting emotional worlds exist inside you, equally, at once."
San Fermin will be available on CD, vinyl and digital outlets via Downtown Records this fall.
Influenced by the likes of Austra, Nick Drake and Cat Power, New York-based Wilsen blend contemporary folk songs with ethereal, electric arrangements to create a full intricate sound tagged “dream folk”.
Wilsen self-released their debut mini-album ‘Sirens’ in the summer of 2012. Their debut single ‘Anahita’ was released in February 2013.
New single ‘Dusk’ is released on the 10th June 2013. It comes backed by a cover of Grimes’ ‘Oblivion’ as the b-side.
‘Sirens’ is available to download from iTunes here: http://smarturl.it/wilsensirens
”’Anahita’ is an elaborate and intricate track that grows from a fragile four-minutes of plaintive vocals and sparse instrumentation, into the kind of heart-racing build that would send Explosions In The Sky back to the drawing board.” (This Is Fake DIY)
”...(‘Sirens’) manages to be so patient, every musical move so careful that it almost feels like you aught to not move while listening. There’s a darkness equally with that fragility and the instrumentation is at the beck and call of the negative spaces in all the songs. It is space that need not be filled, but indeed is intoxicating for repeated listens.” (Listen Before You Buy)
“This is a journey and a rather wondrous one at that.” (Breaking More Waves)
“Heavy on atmosphere and loaded with an understanding of dynamics and fine details that most bands can only hope to develop.” (Wears The Trousers)
“… “Without a doubt it’s Tamsin Wilson’s voice that’s the captain of this ship, but the arrangement behind her is just as exquisite in it’s well-scripted restraint. A light repeating guitar line sets the gauzy lovelorn mood, soft drums heighten the ominous feel, all blending with her voice into a beauty both elegant and moonlit.” (Their Bated Breath)
Belle Mare is a twist of old-time chanteuse, adorned with glinted pianos, and spacious textures.
London native Amelia Bushell caught the attention of Thomas Servidone while performing at an open mic in Brooklyn, NY. The chance encounter between the two turned into a collaboration that would quickly become Belle Mare.
After just the first two meetings between the two, the duo had written their first two songs, one of them being their first single, "The Boat of the Fragile Mind", a haunting pop ballad that would define their signature blend of serene vocal melodies, ornamented with subtle pianos and dazzling synth textures.
Within the next four months, the duo wrote and recorded their first full length album, The Boat of the Fragile Mind, all in the modest confines of Thomas's apartment in Brooklyn.
With influences ranging from Sibylle Baier and Mazzy Star to darker indie acts such as The Notwist and Grouper, Belle Mare effortlessly compounds a modern vibe with retrospective leanings to create something nostalgic yet exploratory.
“There are those moments after clicking through hundreds of bands and coming up empty-handed when you finally click on one and the sounds that exude from your computer hit the spot and make you feel like all that time clicking and searching was worth the wait. The band’s debut EP,The Boat of the Fragile Mind is gorgeous. It’s melancholy and elegant and ethereal. It’s folky dream pop at its finest and I can’t stop listening to it as of late” (Brian lion-www.underthegunreview.net)