Balmorhea
Balmorhea


4.5
superb

Review

by natey USER (46 Reviews)
May 17th, 2008 | 10 replies | 4,147 views


Release Date: 2007 | Tracklist

Review Summary: This duo’s sobriquet is drawn from a similarly named town in Texas. I’ve personally never been to Texas, but after hearing this album I already feel intimately connected with [Bal-mor-ay].

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

This acoustic duo is pretty special. Balmorhea blend a classical sound with acoustic guitars, making for gorgeous music. Pianos crescendo to magnificent heights, and acoustic guitar is played so prettily it transports you places you never thought possible. Balmorhea’s self-titled debut is a solid forty-five minutes of the aforementioned beautiful music.

“Attesa” is the opener, and also one of my favorite tracks. A single grand piano performing alone, it feels like so much more. Although the tonality of the piano is sloppy and far from perfect, what the pianist is playing and how he plays it is all that matters; besides, it’s obviously intended, due to the perfect production on the rest of the record. “Dream of Thaw” is another amazing piece. Acoustic guitar is the sole instrument, but it creates a wave of sound, cascading through the listener. Piano returns on “In the Rowans”, accompanied, oddly enough, by typewriter. This piece stands out to me. It begins rather calmly, but half-way through it becomes extremely intense, without the addition of any other voices. What is amazing about the group is how they are able to utilize limited environments, like the use of only one or maybe two voices accompanied by a non-instrument, and rather then it sounding weak or too minimal, it’s as though a symphony orchestra is playing, giving you all they’ve got.

“If You Only Knew the Rain” is probably my favorite track. Beginning with purely unaccompanied piano, it slowly builds upon a simple melody, gaining momentum through dynamic swells and added harmonies. It eventually swells to an immensely passionate bridge featuring woodwinds beside piano. The closer, “We Will Rebuild With Smooth Stones” is as encouraging as the title sounds. The perfect closer to the surprisingly intense album, it relaxingly uplifts the listener with its pretty acoustic melodies.

My fear when first listening to this album was that it was going to grow boring. Parts of songs lack action, and I was afraid it would continue throughout and overshadow the shining moments. Luckily, however, my fear was unfounded; rather then being used as filler, those moments stand alone and lead to the more aggressive or interesting parts. Balmorhea is well worth a listen if you are a fan of post-rock or acoustic music, and not turned off by an absence of vocals.



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audiosmurf
October 26th 2010



56 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

love at first listen

Monheim
January 31st 2013



250 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Such excellent study music. Makes me feel like I'm in some artsy indie flick.

toxin.
February 18th 2013



12012 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This is so fucking good, damn.

Kris.
February 18th 2013



12146 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yea it is

toxin.
March 12th 2013



12012 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

if you only knew rain is so great

Kris.
March 21st 2013



12146 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

en route is goddamn beautiful

toxin.
March 21st 2013



12012 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

why does not one else appreciate this

toxin.
June 12th 2013



12012 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so pretty
good study music

toxin.
October 4th 2013



12012 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

so fuckin pretty omg

Kris.
February 5th 2014



12146 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

everyone needs to hear this dang it



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