Saturday, December 11, 2010
Another band from Austin that's escaped my notice until now. Balmorhea make gorgeous, intricate, instrumental music that's somewhere between Godspeed! You Black Emperor and Stars of the Lid with a bit of Fahey thrown in, though very different from any of it, closer to a pop format maybe. Shorter cycles, more movement.
Long quiet stretches of miniscule variation give way to dynamic passages with percussion and melodic focus, strings bowed and plucked ala The Books, and then slide back into stillness.
I'm starting with their latest, Constellations, and I can't stop listening to it. Always nice to discover a whole new catalog to dig into.