“Front End Loader” was recorded during the sessions for Esmerine’s acclaimed La Lechuza album in 2011. It ranks as one of the band’s most exuberant tracks, with echoes of Constellation labelmates Do Make Say Think in the rhythm work and especially in the use of horn arrangements, written and performed by saxophone phenom Colin Stetson. This was a celebratory track for Esmerine in the midst of very intense sessions surrounding the recording of La Lechuza, an album idedicated to their departed friend Lhasa de Sela. The track did not fit the arc of the album at the time but the band is excited to make it available now as a free digital single. The song was recorded and mixed by Mark Lawson (Arcade Fire).
The B-Side for this single is “Learning To Crawl”, a recent composition headed up by Esmerine percussionist Bruce Cawdron as a commission for the Indian-inflected modern dance piece “Aarti” by Sonia St-Michel. Esmerine contributed two pre-existing songs to the piece (to which classical Indian vocals were added) along with this new one. Vocals by Samidha Joglekar.