Monday 26 August 2013

San Fermin - Daedalus (What We Have)

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With the Mike Tyson of the cattle world adorning the cover of this single, do Brooklyn's San Fermin have what it takes to become heavyweights in the music world? It's genuinely difficult to know. They won't sell as many singles as Miley Cyrus or whoever, but that doesn't mean they can't be heavyweights. What's odd is that the band describe themselves as a pastiche of post-rock, chamber-pop and contemporary classical music. The ringleader being composer and musician Ellis Ludwig-Leone. So this is pastiche then? I'm finding that a little hard to believe. If this is pastiche then what does he consider to be genuine music?

Also, if 'Daedalus (What We Have)' is pastiche then it lifts the covers from the whole of the music world. Many artists are making music of this style that doesn't match this standard. His examples of style are spot on, but so's the song. At a stretch you could maybe say it's a little pretentious, but really is very well written, brilliantly arranged and perfectly produced. Someone, somewhere is having a laugh. Maybe it's San Fermin having a laugh at our expense for taking this seriously, or at other people for dismissing it as he describes it as pastiche when it's not at all. All we can say is that if this is pastiche then we'll happily take it, but we'd be very intrigued to hear what he sounds like making "proper" music.

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