As the year draws to a close, we picked our favourite Albums of 2017.
Esmerine‘s recent Mechanics Of Dominion, their first new album in four years, saw them collaborating with multi-disciplinary artist Brad Todd who has paired each song on the album with a visual accompaniment. The Montreal ensemble shared a new video for ‘La Lucha Es Una Sola’, filmed in and around Montreal Mile-End area. The video, and as the press release explains, “meditates on the built environment and its quotidian, utilitarian energy – electrification and transportation are the themes, in simple and sublime shots”. Here it is.
Mechanics Of Dominion is out now on Constellation.
We’ve been eagerly waiting for the release of Esmerine‘s new album Mechanics Of Dominion. The Montreal ensemble had already enticed us with two magnificent and compelling tracks, ‘Piscibus Maris’ and ‘The Space In Between’. Both were offered with a video by multi-disciplinary artist Brad Todd, who has paired every song on the album with a visual accompaniment.
Ahead of the album’s release later this month, Esmerine have shared the visuals for two new sublime and powerful songs, ‘¡Que Se Vayan Todos!’ and the title track. Mechanics Of Dominion is already one of our favourite albums of 2017.
Mechanics Of Dominion is out on October 20th through Constellation.
We’re over the moon to hear that Esmerine are set to release a new album, following last year’s monumental Lost Voices and the wonderful and glorious Dalmak, which was one of our Album Picks of 2013. Entitled Mechanics Of Dominion, the album blends together elements of Neo-Classical, Minimalist, Modern Contemporary, Folk, Baroque, Jazz and Rock genres “to invoke lamentation, meditation, resolve, resistance and hope”, as the label describes. “It is a requiem for our intractably suffering planet and a paean to the inscrutable, essential dignity of indigenous ethics and the natural world, and to modern human frailty and ingenuity.”
As with Esmerine’s previous albums, Jace Lasek took on production duties, and again contributes as a featured guest, as does Godspeed You! Black Emperor’s violinist Sophie Trudeau, amongst others.
Mechanics Of Dominion marks their sixth album release, and is due out on October 20th through Constellation. Luckily, we can already wrap our ears around two magnificent and compelling tracks from the record, the closing track ‘Piscibus Maris’ and the opener ‘The Space In Between’. Both are laced together in a befitting video made by Brad Todd.
We have been eagerly waiting for a new album from Esmerine since their 2013 glorious and wonderful Dalmak, which was one of our Album Picks of the Year. Fortunately, news of their fifth full-length emerged last month. The Montréal chamber rock ensemble will release their new effort, Lost Voices, on October 16th via Constellation.
The label describes the album as “the most dynamic and incendiary record of the group’s career”, adding that it is “cerebral and visceral, controlled and volatile, and wholly cinematic in scope throughout.”.
Lost Voices sees Esmerine expand their core line-up, with the addition of bassist Jeremi Roy, who had been a touring member since 2013. The album was recorded by Vid Cousins (Kid Koala, Amon Tobin, Colin Stetson) and it was mixed and produced by Jace Lasek (The Besnard Lakes). Cousins and Lasek are also two of the stellar contributors guesting on some of the album tracks, alongside Godspeed You! Black Emperor/Thee Silver Mt. Zion violinist Sophie Trudeau, Colin Stetson and James Hakan Dedeoglu, amongst others.
The first taste from the album comes in the shape of ‘The Neighbourhoods Rise’, the monumental opening track. Here it is.