Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Balmorhea- All Is Wild, All Is Silent (2009) MP3 & FLAC -For Ana-

Austin's Balmorhea (pronounced Bal-mor-ray) wander down a uniquely Southwestern footpath of the Post-Rock template on All Is Wild, All Is Silent, constructing a sound equal parts country gloom and romantic crescendo. Unlike the subdued, occasionally overly-mannered approach the band took as a duo on previous recordings, now expanded to a sextet, Balmorhea charge ahead into sonic expanses both breathtakingly desolate and ornately lush. Nowhere is this better exemplified than on the opening track, "Settler," where a bright, loping piano figure is darkly augmented by a cello until the full band kicks in to send the song reeling towards a Post-Rock catharsis. Other songs are built around lovely acoustic guitar and banjo parts that manage to simultaneously echo Classical and Folk idioms while never fully resorting to either. This is an album full of distinctive melodies, dynamic arrangements, and unexpected turns, which make it well-worth returning to again and again. Truly great stuff.

All Is Wild, All Is Silent
1. Settler  (6:39)
2. March 4, 1831  (2:06)
3. Harm and Boon  (8:05)
4. Elegy  (2:19)
5. Remembrance  (5:49)
6. Coahuila  (2:31)
7. Night in the Draw  (4:09)
8. Truth  (7:05)
9. November 1, 1832  (2:32)


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  2. thanks. Their latest, Constellations, is pretty amazing too. Perhaps I'll post the rest of their albums sometime soon.

  3. Many Many thanks for this post. I love Balmorhea...I must see the rest of the blog.

    ...sorry for my english...

  4. pollolpc, you're welcome. I agree, Balmorhea is a wonderful band and your English is fine :) Please consider clicking the 'follow' button if you haven't already done so; I'd be honored to have you become part of the (La) luna community. Let me know if you have any requests, voixautre


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