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
It’s interesting when you stumble across an artist who you think you know, such as Aisha Burns of Balmorhea. As the multi-instrumentalist for the band, I fully expected the music on her album, Life in the Midwater, to be incredible, but it was her voice on the album that won us over, earning her one of the coveted spots on our Top 15 of Austin list. Today we bring you the premiere of her new video for the single, courtesy of her label, Western Vinyl.
If you like what you hear, and we know you will, you need to hurry out to Holy Mountain this evening to catch Aisha playing a set that will surely remind you of why she’s got one of the great voices in Austin at the moment. The doors are at 9 PM, and you’ll be able to catch other acts like Easy Tiger and Hikes, so be sure to get there early and support all the great music.[audio:http://austintownhall.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/01-Sold.mp3]
Download: Aisha Burns – Sold [MP3]
It’s that time of year folks, when we here at Austin Town Hall try to convince you that we know what’s what in the world of music. We’re starting things off with our list of Top Ten Austin Albums of 2012. We purposefully left out EPs, just focusing on the Album as a whole, since that’s our favorite form of media. Before you read this, please know that this is just the expressed OPINION of ours, and you’re definitely cool to disagree. Let us know your thoughts, and make sure your favorite Austin bands send us their hits in 2013!
I had a busy slate of things I wanted to check out on Sunday. I started bright and early to catch favorite locals on the upswing and kept after through the headliner. Final installment of shots from FFF7 will bring you Flesh Lights, Ume, Balmorhea, Cult of Youth, Bleached, A Place to Bury Strangers, Class Actress, Trust, Deerhoof, The Promise Ring, Omar Rodriguez Lopez, Black Angles, De La Soul and Edward Sharpe.
Tons of eye candy after the break.