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LP is pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal (Germany) and comes in a jacket printed in full colour on thick 24pt board and includes a colour insert sheet. First pressing of LP also includes a limited edition art print poster and a CD copy of the album.

CD comes in a custom gatefold jacket printed on reverse 100% recycled Orford paperboard in full colour.

CST080

La Lechuza Esmerine

Release date: 7 June 2011

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Esmerine enters its second decade with an expanded line-up and a new album – the band's first in six years. As a duo co-founded ten years ago by percussionist Bruce Cawdron (Godspeed You! Black Emperor) and cellist Beckie Foon (Thee Silver Mt. Zion), Esmerine released two critically-acclaimed albums of modern chamber music in 2003 and 2005 that 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 landscape populated by the likes of Dirty Three (and GY!BE themselves). Bruce and Beckie have continued stoking the embers of Esmerine, with occasional special events in their Montreal home town over the past few years, often including invitations to guest musicians. While Esmerine had made deft use of guest players on previous records, their performances over the past two years opened the band up to two new musicians in particular who were invited to join as full members: harp-player Sarah Pagé (The Barr Brothers) and percussionist Andrew Barr (The Slip, Land of Talk, The Barr Brothers). La Lechuza documents the evolution of Esmerine under the influence of this expanded membership, and through the lens of a shared trajectory marked by a tragic loss. All four players were brought together through their mutual friendships with Lhasa de Sela, a beloved and internationally-renowned Montreal-based singer. Sarah and Andrew were already part of Lhasa's working band; Beckie and Bruce had been asked to join Lhasa and her band on a planned tour. Lhasa was diagnosed with breast cancer during the making of her album; she was able to complete it, but touring plans were suspended as Lhasa's health deteriorated. Lhasa died on New Year's Day 2010 at the age of 37.

Tracklist

1. A Dog River
2. Walking Through Mist
3. Last Waltz
4. Trampolin
5. Snow Day for Lhasa
6. Sprouts
7. Little Streams Make Big Rivers
8. Au Crépuscule, Sans Laisse
9. Fish on Land

Running time: 00:43:52

Packaging Notes

LP is pressed on 180g vinyl at Optimal (Germany) and comes in a jacket printed in full colour on thick 24pt board and includes a colour insert sheet. First pressing of LP also includes a limited edition art print poster and a CD copy of the album.

CD comes in a custom gatefold jacket printed on reverse 100% recycled Orford paperboard in full colour.

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