Esmerine unleash digital single and Eric Chenaux announces more tour dates

9 May

With their European tour already underway, Esmerine let loose a new digital single, featuring “Front End Loader,” accompanied by “Learning to Crawl.”

“Front End Loader” was recorded during the sessions for Esmerine’s acclaimed La Lechuza album in 2011. It ranks as one of the band’s most exuberant tracks, with echoes of Constellation labelmates Do Make Say Think in the rhythm work and especially in the use of horn arrangements, written and performed by saxophone phenom Colin Stetson. This was a celebratory track for Esmerine in the midst of very intense sessions surrounding the recording of La Lechuza, an album idedicated to their departed friend Lhasa de Sela. The track did not fit the arc of the album at the time but the band is excited to make it available now as a free digital single. The song was recorded and mixed by Mark Lawson (Arcade Fire).

The B-Side for this single is “Learning To Crawl”, a recent composition headed up by Esmerine percussionist Bruce Cawdron as a commission for the Indian-inflected modern dance piece “Aarti” by Sonia St-Michel. Esmerine contributed two pre-existing songs to the piece (to which classical Indian vocals were added) along with this new one. Vocals by Samidha Joglekar.

Stream or download both tracks on the Constellation website, where you can also check out the tour dates and stream their lush album La Lechuza in full. Don’t forget you can also watch their tour video here:

Meanwhile, label mate Eric Chenaux has announced more UK shows, providing further opportunity to see him perform live, music from his sublime record Guitar and Voice. Below are the UK dates in full:









13.05.12 Bristol, The Cube w/ Esmerine
14.05.12 Norwich, Arts Centre w/ Esmerine
15.05.12 London, The Lexington w/ Esmerine
16.05.12 London, The Gallery Cafe The Local presents: Gallery Chapel series
05.06.12 Coventry, Taylor Johns w/ Two Wings
06.06.12 Oxford, St John’s Church w/ Two Wings
07.06.12 Manchester, Kraak Gallery w/ Two Wings
08.06.12 London, Wilmington Arms w/ Two Wings
09.06.12 Lewes, Needlemakers w/ Two Wings
14.06.12 Glasgow, Mono w/ Two Wings
16.06.12 Aviemore, Insider Festival w/ Two Wings
16.06.12 Inverness, ICA w/ Two Wings

As a reminder, you can view video footage of new Eric Chenaux album tracks and share his sound with MP3s that Constellation are giving away for free, available as download and stream. Here are the vital links:

VIDEO: “Put In Music” (film by Eric Cazdyn)
VIDEO: “Put In Music” (live, film by Carlo Proto)
VIDEO: “Dull Lights (White or Grey)” (film by Eric Cazdyn)
VIDEO: “Amazing Backgrounds” (film by Eric Cazdyn)

MP3: “Amazing Backgrounds
MP3: “Dull Lights (White or Grey)


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