New Album

MECHANICS OF DOMINION

Out Now
 
 

 

BUY MECHANICS OF DOMINION
ON DELUXE VINYL / CD / MP3 / FLAC
AT CONSTELLATION

 

BUY DIGITAL AT BANDCAMP

 

BUY DIGITAL AT iTunes

 
 
Mechanics of Dominion is careful, elegant and cerebral but it is also quietly stirring.”
The Wire
 
Mechanics of Dominion is a bold, gripping and brilliantly nuanced addition to Esmerine’s gorgeous catalogue, swelling with hope and brimming with energy.”
Exclaim 9/10
 
“Constellation Records continues to be on a tear, the latest Esmerine record its crown jewel. Throughout the set, there is such beauty.”
A Closer Listen
 
“The Juno-winning Canadian chamber group’s sixth album channels existential and environmental dread through a state of graceful introversion not unlike that of an old peer in modern chamber music, Rachel’s.”
Album Of The Week
Line Of Best Fit
 
“Minimalistic in its outlook and yet with rich instrumentation, traditional in both its inclusion of classical and folk influences and still forward-thinking and experimental. The subtlety of the melodies, and the expansive power they hold, are responsible for Esmerine’s tour de force.”
Pop Matters 8/10
 
 
 
 

 
 
 
 

MECHANICS OF DOMINION
VINYL + CD

Featuring artwork by Montréal artist Jean-Sébastien Denis.
 
Deluxe 180gram vinyl edition includes a set of five 12″x12″ art prints
(and the first 500 copies also include a bonus 12″x19″ art print poster).
Vinyl includes MP3 download card.
 

 

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CD comes in a custom mini-gatefold jacket printed on 100% recycled 24pt. paperboard with a black inner sleeve for the disc and an artwork/credits insert.
 

 

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These are the 5 works from the Imbrications series by Jean-Sébastien Denis
that are included as a set of 12″x12″ art prints in the deluxe vinyl edition
(and that are printed on the panels of the CD gatefold jacket + insert).
 
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Our previous recordings:

Esmerine - Dalmak

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LOST VOICES VINYL EDITION
Winner: Recording Package of the Year • 2016 Juno Awards


180 gram audiophile vinyl pressing comes packaged in a heavyweight 24pt. jacket and polylined black paper dust sleeve, with a 12″x20″ art poster and 12″x12″ art/credit insert, both printed on archival uncoated 80lb text paper. A digital download coupon is also included. Art direction by Clyde Henry Productions.

 
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Lost Voices • Deluxe LP package • 180 gram audiophile vinyl pressing in black paper poly-lined dust sleeve with 12x20 art print poster and 12x12 full colour insert, both printed on uncoated archival paper. Includes download coupon for MP3 version of the album. (This image shows back cover of the LP jacket.)

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“The fifth album from the Montreal chamber rock collective is a beguiling mass of dialed-down post-rock, classical figures and exploratory soundscapes. Lost Voices manages mood and melody with a deft and hypnotic grace. Beyond words, beyond beautiful.”
– The Skinny (4 stars)

 
Lost Voices is a supremely well-realized album.
Whatever you are doing, allow yourself to truly feel this record.
It’s a gorgeous experience, flawless from start to finish.”
– Echoes and Dust

 
“The duo at the core of Esmerine have been making tense experimental rock music in one form or another since the old days of the long-absent Set Fire To Flames, carrying on into the dooming fractures of Godspeed You! Black Emperor and sister band A Silver Mt. Zion respectively; through it all, Rebecca Foon and Bruce Cawdron have tried out as many abstract passions as there are, culminating in a gorgeous and peculiar record in Dalmak, which placed drones next to heady melodicism and Turkish instrumentation…

Lost Voices stands as a revitalisation of their sound: it allows the ambience of their music to remain, but hurries it towards the pace of rock music, a genre this record constantly threatens to contain itself in. Navigating a space between delicacy and despair, it’s hard to feel at ease listening to Esmerine – but it’s never hard to trust them.”
– Norman Records (9/10)

 
Lost Voices casts off the shackles of the ordinary and the mundane, and transports you to a world of higher feelings. Certainly, the stylistic hallmarks of GY!BE and their contemporaries can be strongly felt at times; there are the suspenseful builds, the cataclysmic crescendos and the apocalyptic maelstroms of noise that are the signature sounds of this genre. But there are also strong distinctions; witness the rough edges and gypsy rhythms of ‘Funambule’, or the tense math rock and looping fractal forms to be heard on ‘19/14’. This music absorbs and surrounds you, demands your attention and a visceral engagement with the music.”
– Loud And Quiet (Album Of The Week)

 
“Out of all of the many Godspeed You! Black Emperor splinter projects there’s always been a feeling that Esmerine were the most interesting. Their name may not be as widely known or as A Silver Mt Zion but their musical journey since their 2003 debut has been a consistently rewarding and occasionally surprising one…

Fifth album Lost Voices builds on the strengths of its predecessor Dalmak, and can be seen as the defining Esmerine album to date. Each track here is purposeful and with a clear sense of identity – it all fits together to deliver an album of depth and undoubted longevity.”
– Music Omh

 
 
 
 
 
 

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DALMAK and LA LECHUZA are available on Deluxe 180gLP (vinyl editions include an art print poster and 320kbps MP3 download), CD (in custom mini-gatefold jackets made from 100% recycled paperboard), and digital.
 
Dalmak (2013) won the Juno Award for Instrumental Album Of The Year and Lost Voices (2015) was a finalist in this same category and the winner of the Juno Award for Album Package Of The Year.
 
 


 


 
 
 
 

ESMERINE EUROPE TOUR • MAY 2017
DD/MM/YY PLACE VENUE
03.05.17 Grenoble FR La Bobine
04.05.17 Istanbul TR Zorlu PSM Jaz Festival
05.05.17 Lille FR L’antre-2
06.05.17 Paris FR Espace B
09.05.17 Monthelon FR Le Château de Monthelon (w/Saltland)
10.05.17 Bern CH Progr
11.05.17 Bern CH Progr (matinee)
12.05.17 Luzern CH Industrie 9
13.05.17 Diksmuide BE 4 AD
14.05.17 Noordwijk NL Chapel (w/Saltland)
15.05.17 Duisburg DE Grammatikoff
16.05.17 Brussels BE Botanique

 
 
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Esmerine was co-founded by percussionist Bruce Cawdron (Godpseed You! Black Emperor) and cellist Rebecca Foon (Thee Silver Mt. Zion, Saltland) in 2001, soon after the two met while recording the first Set Fire To Flames album Signs Reign Rebuilder. Esmerine released two critically-acclaimed albums of minimalist, eloquent modern chamber music in the first half of that decade on their own Madrona Records imprint: If Only A Sweet Surrender To The Nights To Come Be True (2003) and Aurora (2005). These albums had one foot in the new music/experimental terrain of contemporaries like Rachel’s or Town And Country and the other in a more visceral and lyrical instrumental landscape, as cultivated by the likes of The Dirty Three (and Godspeed themselves).

Foon parted ways with Silver Mt. Zion in 2008, Cawdron returned to the GY!BE drum chair for a couple of years (when Godspeed reunited in 2010 following a long hiatus) and Esmerine began charting a course of renewed activity, along with an intentionally collaborative agenda through this period (in the spirit of the annual Montréal concerts that the duo hosted throughout the 2000s, which featured diverse arrays of invited guest players). La Lechuza (2011) and Dalmak (2013) were both released on Constellation to broad acclaim, with each album grounded in a specific set of collaborations that expanded the band’s sonic and stylistic palette, while remaining anchored by Cawdron’s mallet playing (chiefly on marimba) and Foon’s expressive cello. Most recently, Esmerine has solidified into a core quintet, with Cawrdron and Foon joined by percussionist Jamie Thompson (The Unicorns, Islands), multi-instrumentalist Brian Sanderson, and bassist Jéremi Roy.

 
 
 

 
 
BAND:
contact@esmerine.com

ESMERINE ARTIST PAGE @ CONSTELLATION:
cstrecords.com/esmerine

LABEL:
CONSTELLATION
phone: 514 279 9705
ian@cstrecords.com

PRESS INQUIRIES:
Patricia Boushel
phone: 514 279 9705
patricia@cstrecords.com

LICENSING/PUBLISHING:
Don Wilkie
phone: 514 279 9705
don@cstrecords.com

MANAGEMENT:
Ryhna Thompson
ENVISION
ryhna@envisionmanagement.com

BOOKING – EUROPE:
John Fitzgerald
BELMONT BOOKINGS
P.O. Box 93031
1090 BA Amsterdam, Netherlands
John/UK office: +44 77 65 02 16 90
fitz@belmontbookings.nl

BOOKING – USA:
Robin Taylor
INLAND EMPIRE
169 Richardson St, Suite 2
Brooklyn, NY 11222
phone: 718 389 7100
robin@inlandempiretouring.com

BOOKING – CANADA | WORLD:
Bruce Cawdron
MADRONA BOOKING
madrona.booking@gmail.com
 
 
 
 


Esmerine • “Walking Through Mist (I)” • La Lechuza
 
 
 


Esmerine • “Au Crépuscule, Sans Laisse” • La Lechuza
 
 
 


Esmerine • “Spiegel Am Spiegel” (Arvo Pärt)
For Lhasa’s Birthday
 
 
 
 


Esmerine • “Snow Day For Lhasa” • La Lechuza
 
 
 
 
 

Photo by Aylin Gungor
 
 
More photos and other information at:
cstrecords.com/esmerine/