It’s a cold and snowy day here in Brooklyn, and with it we have the perfect Buzzsession to share. San Fermin is both simple and immensely complex — they produce incredibly constructed songs bellowed and belted by collaborator vocalists Allen Tate and Rae Cassidy in a way that has drawn comparisons to The National and Sufjan Stevens (not bad company). But San Fermin isn’t a traditionally structured band, their driving force is not the lead guitarist or vocalist, but composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone, who wrote each and every note of each and every song, from horns and percussion to piano and lyrics, on their self-titled debut full-length, released last September. The band joined us in Manhattan late last year where Tate, Cassidy, Ludwig-Leone, and the rest of the gang recorded “Methuselah”, which just so happens to be my favorite song of theirs. Watch below and download the recording for free.
‘Buzzsessions’ is a live session series produced by The Wild Honey Pie. With each new episode, we capture footage of our favorite bands as they record alternate studio-quality versions of their songs. This Buzzsession was shot at Engine Room Recordings, a recording studio in downtown Manhattan.
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DIRECTOR/EDITOR/VIDEOGRAPHER Stephen Tonti
VIDEOGRAPHER Michael Bradford
VIDEOGRAPHER Amanda Foote
VIDEOGRAPHER Amaya Mendizabal
VIDEOGRAPHER/PRODUCER Eric Weiner
ENGINEERED Benoit Holliger (Engine Room Recordings)
MIXED Sean Hutchinson