Track of the Day: San Fermin, 'Daedalus'

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It seems appropriate that San Fermin's debut would end with "Daedalus." The closing track, like everything else on the Brooklyn-based act's eponymous album, borrows from the likes of Andrew Bird, The National, Dirty Projectors, and Sufjan Stevens to create immersive, joyful orchestral pop that touches on themes of youth, restlessness, and memory. The trick here isn't mimicry, though; composer Ellis Ludwig-Leone blends these influences together toward a swelling, evocative crescendo, intertwining the music he so clearly admires with his own inventive surprises. 

Dan Huiting directed the track's video, which we're premiering below. "The video started with the jump," songwriter Ellis Ludwig-Leone said. "I have always been scared of diving, there's a fearlessness required that I've never had. 'Daedalus' is loosely about growing up, and a fear of adulthood. The dive is a rite of passage; they leave their parents to take on this terrifying, heroic thing."

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Chris Heller is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic. He has also written for NPR, Washington City Paper, and Metro Weekly.

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