A new voice emerges at the intersection of baroque pop and new music.
San Fermin is a Brooklyn-based band formed in 2012. Led by composer/songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone, assistant arranger for composer Nico Muhly, the band combines expansive, brass-infused pop with baroque string arrangements. Carried by leading ladies Holly Laessig and Jess Wolfe (of the indie pop group Lucius), Eliza Bagg (of the indie folk group Plume Giant) and the bass vocals of Allen Tate, San Fermin's eponymous self-titled debut is a lush realization of the newly adult; full of grandiose sentiment and eviscerating self-doubt. The ambitious 17-track album features performances by members of Lucius, Bon Iver, yMusic, Asphalt Orchestra and Great Caesar.
Born in Toulouse to a Senegalese father and French mother, and raised in Ireland, France, Senegal and California, Anais Aida was quite the cultured globetrotter before she honed in on her passion as a singer-songwriter. Her background and travels have undoubtedly influenced her sound; a sound that often recalls the non-conventional rhythms of her African heritage, the vocal stylings of classic and modern soul artists, and the attitude of contemporary R&B. Anais mixes and strips all of her influences down to their bare essentials, creating a captivating sonic experience.
Armed with horns, guitars and everything in between, the six men of Great Caesar produce a brilliant and unmistakable brand of brass-fueled rock. Their sound is at once organic and electrifying, combining jazz roots with hard rock sensibilities in a way that does justice to both. On the plugged side, Great Caesar draws from bands like Sonic Youth and the Strokes, while its horns take cues from Spoon and RX Bandits. 2012 saw the release of the Scattered Air EP, recorded with Eric Bennett (Screaming Females, Laura Stevenson & the Cans), which explores musical styles ranging from bright indie-rock to dark jazz.