Austin outfit Balmorhea have been mostly quiet since 2018, with various members of the band working on other projects. But, that time has allowed Michael Muller and Rob Lowe to really focus on creating expansive soundscapes, with ties to stories of French saints, Greta Thurnburg and general meditations on the state of the natural world. Their music, as always, is a truly immersive experience; you’ve got to let yourself go, allowing the slight nuances to move you in new directions in step with the song’s careful meandering. Never a bad day for a new track to come our way from this lot; they’ll be releasing The Wind later this year via Deutsche Grammophon.
While I admittedly am struggling with a lot of mellow vibes during quarantine, the artistic vision of the lates RG Lowe single allowed me to immerse myself in the thematic elements, allowing the song to be slowly absorbed. While the video continues with Lowe’s themes of sensuality and physicality that run through his newest release Life of the Body, there’s more of a delicate structure to the song itself. It seems fitting that one of the core members of Balmorhea would craft such a tune; part of the song’s majesty revolves around the space in the track, with strummed guitar and voice over a light piano, it truly becomes like this ornate moment. As a connoisseur of ten second pop moments, I think the swell from 2:15 to 2:25 is quite special…as if the song needed anything more. Life of the Body is out May 22nd via Western Vinyl.
While he rose to popularity as one of the founding members of Balmorhea, Rob Lowe, aka RG Lowe, is no stranger to the solo effort, having released Slow Time in 2017. He’s back now with the announcement of Life of the Body, his follow-up, and once again on Western Vinyl. The angelic tones established in years of choir is omni-present throughout this tune, but the length and accompanying flourishes harken back to his other work. I loved the loud burst at 2:21, even if its merely a second; its about the thoughtfulness in Lowe’s craftsmanship. These are songs that go above and beyond the expectations of your average pop fare; Life of the Body drops May 22nd.
Whenever the opportunity arises to catch local instrumentalists, Balmorhea as the 6-piece live incarnation of Rob Lowe and Michael Muller’s cathartic project, we at Austin Town Hall jump all over it. Friday night’s album release party at the fantastic Stateside at the Paramount Theater stage for the band’s enthralling sixth LP, Clear Language was no exception. Follow the jump for more on the show. Read more
All of us in Austin are extremely familiar with Rob Lowe, not the actor, but one of the key members of Balmorhea. Don’t you dare expect anything in the vein of his previous work, as he’s clearly stepping out to craft a huge pop sound. This lead single from Slow Time is filled with funky bits of guitar stabs and synth beats bursting…all while Lowe carefully croons and bounces his way through the vocal performance. It’s almost like an uplifting soul experience, and definitely worthy of our attention. You’ll be able to grab his new release via the ultra-reliable Western Vinyl on June 2nd.
There’s been a lot of press lately for Austin’s Balmorhea, as the band readies a new 7″ on Western Vinyl. But, not only do you get to hear some new songs, but the label is also re-releasing a remastered version of their self-titled masterpiece. The song below, “Baleen Morning,” was already a beautiful piece, but the remastering touch ups has added even more power and emotion to the band’s construction; I love how you can hear the buzz of the strummed guitar sings. There’s a beautiful ornate quality that really shines through with the remastering, reminding listeners how incredibly lucky we are to have a band crafting such music. You can pick up the remastered version (as well as the new 7″) HERE. And look for a chance to win tickets to the group’s show at Central Presbyterian on 10/24.
Not long ago, we posted “Heir I,” one of the first new tracks we’ve heard from Austin’s Balmorhea in some time. It was part of a special 7″ they’re releasing in conjunction with the vinyl reissue of their debut LP, which is all being handled by Western Vinyl. This new piece is really exquisite; it captures the beauty the band has always created, but they seem to be experimenting with a little bit of discord; I like that touch. Still, the building string arrangements that crash upon your ears are the 4.12 mark are just, well, incredible. It’s clear that great care and thought have gone into the construction of this number, so hats off to that. The re-issue and the Heir 7″ both hit stores on October 14th.
When it hits September, the Austin music scene takes off completely. We’ve got a whole bunch of must see gigs this weekend with album releases and more left and right. Couldn’t highlight them all, so here’s my picks for you all. Tried to throw in a little of everything for equality’s sake. Read more
At this point in their musical career, I’d say that Austin based group Balmorhea are easily one of the most recognize names in the indie scene. They caught our attention around the inception of our website with their roots and atmospheric take on instrumental music. I’m pleased to be sharing with you today their latest single called “HEIR I”. The track has that familiar Balmorhea feel as it slowly builds towards this moment of sheer beauty about two or so minutes in. This would a perfect song to enjoy some Sunday morning coffee.
This song appears on a brand new 7″ coming out on October 14th via Western Vinyl.
Just a few days away from the Austin Music Blogger Awards, and we wanted to make sure that you got a chance to meet some of the great talent that’s part of the event. Today we’ve got a short interview with Aisha Burns, who many of you may recognize as one the members of Balmorhea. But, her album, Life in the Midwater, left a lasting impression on many, including us. Here’s what she had to say. Read more