Esmerine, the acclaimed contemporary music ensemble co-founded by Rebecca Foon (Silver Mt Zion, Saltland) and Bruce Cawdron (Godspeed You! Black Emperor) will be present for an early evening soirée at Galerie Simon Blais on Friday 17 November, to celebrate the recent release of their excellent Mechanics Of Dominion and the artistic collaborations that accompany the album: this is the closing night of a month-long exhibit of paintings by Jean-Sébastien Denis featured in the album artwork, and the visual album made by multi-disciplinary artist Brad Todd will also be screened. Esmerine will perform a short acoustic set. Admission is free.

Esmerine @ Galerie Simon Blais
5420 boulevard Saint-Laurent
Montréal QC H2T 1S1
Friday 17 November

Esmerine’s Mechanics Of Dominion features works by Montréal-based artist Jean-Sébastien Denis
The deluxe vinyl edition includes a set of five 12″x12″ art prints and a 12″x19″ poster
The CD edition features the five art panels in a custom 100% recycled paperboard mini-gatefold jacket.
The LP and CD editions of Mechanics Of Dominion will be on view at the gallery and available for purchase.


A companion ‘visual album’ for Mechanics Of Dominion was created by Montréal artist Brad Todd. Watch/listen to some excerpts:





Acclaim for Mechanics Of Dominion by Esmerine:

“Careful, elegant, cerebral and 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
“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.” – Line Of Best Fit • Album Of The Week
“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
“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.” – PopMatters 8/10
“Esmerine don’t hold anything back on their latest album; they’re at their most intense. Their songcraft has been elevated once again. Mechanics Of Dominion is a mood-swinger, breaking through the sobering walls of tragedy and despair until it reaches a place of relief and the sunrise of a small smile.” – Fluid Radio
“Esmerine’s style is a music genre of itself. Mechanics of Dominion is a marvelous release and when it gets you with its overwhelming concept and brilliant execution you can’t help but play it again.” – Echoes And Dust