Kellen & Me
1354 W. Wabansia Ave
Chicago, IL, 60642
Doors 7:00 PM / Show 8:00 PM
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.
Kellen & Me
Kellen & Me is transversing new ground with his unique sound that emanates from this one-man ensemble. Kellen plays an electro-indie-folk-rock that evokes a sense of both future and past. His debut album is a blend of old style 1960's Lo-Fi rock, with High-Fi, philharmonic results.
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