The Echo Presents
Tall Tales and the Silver Lining, Western Lows
1822 W Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, California, 90026
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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.”
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 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.
Tall Tales and the Silver Lining
Tall Tales and the Silver Lining is a Los Angeles-based band led by songwriter Trevor Beld Jimenez. Beld Jimenez grew up on the sounds of ‘70s AM radio, along with L.A. classics like Jackson Browne, Court and Spark-era Joni Mitchell, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, and The Byrds. His music incorporates all of that – classic songwriting, great playing, simple, hook-heavy arrangements and thoughtful production – but updates the sound for today. It’s straightforward, heartfelt rock & roll, ten songs of love and loss, ocean-scented breezes and the hum of the open road beneath your wheels
Western Lows didn't form. Not all at once anyway. The project came into being slowly, in fits and starts, over the course of 2011 - a year that found Jack Burnside at loose ends, bouncing between a collection of Los Angeles practice spaces, apartments and home studios as he wrote and demoed the material that would eventually make up Glacial, Western Lows' debut LP.
Spring of 2012 saw Burnside travel to Athens, GA to record with Andy LeMaster (Now It's Overhead, Bright Eyes, R.E.M.) at Chase Park Transduction. Tasked with creating a sound, as opposed to capturing one, the pair spent weeks working into and oftentimes past the small hours of the night. Finish lines inched slowly backwards as the scope of the recording expanded.
Glacial combines the hushed intimacy of Burnside's compositions with the wide screen panoramic sweep of LeMaster's production to striking effect. Echoes of Yo La Tengo, Mazzy Star and even The Cure are present; the record's sonic space seems almost physical, a sort of gauzy dreamworld - dawn or gloaming, depending on how you look at it.
Live, Burnside is joined by Julien Bellin (Polls) and Michael Orendy (Frankel, Meow Meow).