For a composer with such an apparent taurine partiality, Sonsick from 23-year-old Brooklynite Ellis Ludwig-Leone is less a bull in a china shop and more an invigorating bolt from the blues of disenfranchised youth. Having previously combined with Nico Muhly to provide arrangements for the likes of The National, Sufjan et al., there is thus a perhaps inevitable dexterity at play within this first glimpse into the chamber-pop proclivities of San Fermin, with tone and focus flitting almost whimsically between impassioned intimacy and the hulking fanfare of brassy bombast. “I’ll fall for you soon enough” vocalists Jess Wolfe and Holly Laessig chirrup, their flighty vocals seemingly buffeted by the swelling orchestrations beyond though aside from the stellar constellation of past collaborators, Sonsick certainly has its place with its time quite indubitably now. For it taps into a saccharine pop sensibility the like of which we tend to feel compelled to repress our affection for and, as they yodel in unison of “a sunny kind of sickness”, we’ve a gently off-kilt estival anthem in waiting to aid us while away the season. Truly sublime.
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