If San Fermin had simply stuck to sumptuous orchestral pop music, as heard on its self-titled debut, that would have been understandable. The band could have operated as a less greyscale Tindersticks and performed the multi-layered compositions that sprung from the pen and piano and Ellis Ludwig-Leone. But the last two albums have found the eight-piece band embracing pure pop pleasures and a healthy streak of electro-fried elegance. Both Allen Tate and Charlene Kaye have grown into their roles as co-singers while finding time to release their own solo records, but the alchemy of San Fermin remains a malleable, recognizable format where horns, strings and synths work in service of Ludwig-Leone’s songs.
Pavo? Pavo! Brooklyn quintet Pavo Pavo will open the set, playing songs from its debut album Young Narrator in the Breakers.
Watch the video for San Fermin's "Jackrabbit" below:
8 p.m. Wednesday, September 27. Old Rock House, 1200 South Seventh Street. $15. 314-588-0505.
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