08 August 2010

Balmorhea - balmorhea (2007)

If the duo falls into the hi-fi and opulence on their second album, their debut is exquisite, intimate and lo-fi. Perfect acoustic instrumental music closer to early Owen stuff than to your average acoustic post-rock or indietronica offerings. But at the same time, it never breaks new ground, never as moving as Owen or early Album Leaf stuff, or less introspective and deep than Bexar Bexar. It is very pleasant but there is no lasting impression.

With melancholic whispered intimate vocals or with slightly different structures and some tension it could have been a masterpiece, but who is still interested in singing like that these days or is able to add strong and subtle emotions to beautiful textured music ? It looks like expecting these two sides together is almost impossible recently and an exception.

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