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Stranger

BalmorheaAudio CD
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Balmorhea (pronounced Bal-more-ray) is a six-piece instrumental group from Austin, TX. Founded by Rob Lowe and Michael Muller in 2006, the band has produced six full-length albums in addition to 2 new tracks on the Heir 7" (October 2014) as a companion to the vinyl re-release of their 2007 eponymous debut.

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  • Audio CD (October 2, 2012)
  • Original Release Date: 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Western Vinyl
  • ASIN: B008S8T7SM
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,172 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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3. Fake Fealty
4. Dived
5. Jubi
6. Artifact
7. Shore
8. Pyrakantha
9. Pilgrim

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On Stranger, Balmorhea continues the cosmic dialog they began with their eponymous debut in 2007. Though the spirit of Texas' early inhabitants and the weight of the night sky inspired previous albums All is Wild, All is Silent (2009) and Constellations (2010), Stranger shifts the focus from the celestial to the terrestrial, or more accurately, it begins to explore the celestial resonance in all things terrestrial.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A wonderful new album by Balmorhea October 21, 2012
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
Balmorhea's gone in a wonderfully new direction here -- their newfound love for the electric guitar is especially refreshing. Five stars, of course, and certain recommendation to new and veteran fans alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Instrumental greatness!!! May 21, 2013
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
After discovering this band, I was excited to get their music and this album is so amazing and beautiful that it brought me to tears.

I love all the songs:
Days- Starts off racing but takes you on a journey. It's a piece where you can close your eyes and escape then it gets stronger and you can literally feel the drumming and the guitars in your heart, you exhale and feel what they are trying to tell you. There a few breaks in this song where the sound switches but in a way that

Masollan- Starts off fun, flirty and fresh. Your first minute into this realm is trance like as if you were in a field and the sun was shining and bubbles were being blown all around you and you were laughing and waiting for that unexpected turn which goes on like a fairy tale such as at the 2 min mark when you know you are in a place of magic and from there on your next two minutes are full of more sunshine, more bubbles and more smiles.

Fake Fealty- Starts off raw and powerful. This one instantly steals your breath away and right when you are trying to take in all the magic that is happening. . .the song truly begins and everything from the backdrop to the front instruments feels light on the heart, you want to be a composer and wave your little wand in the air to the tune so perfectly. . .then right before the 2 min mark you experience another level and on. . .I can't explain to you how my hearts jumps out of my body esp at the 3 min mark, WOW, the violins.. .epic 3:23. . .3:39 and then. . .out

Dived- Starts off deep and emotional and 10 seconds in you know where they are going and you are already on board. It's Beethovenesque. . .within the first minute you hear a visual masterpiece of passion, then the 2 min mark and you are there. . .
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beautiful Carnage. Instrumental Treasure! September 19, 2013
Format:MP3 Music|Verified Purchase
I have been following this band since catching a hair-raising performance at the Doug Fir Lounge in Portland, OR back in 2010. An incredibly warm and cozy venue to catch a band with more fire and teeth than would be assumed at first glance. The musicianship and depth of this newest release caught be by surprise. I had somehow missed this one on the radar. Having just purchased "Constellations" on vinyl, I was ecstatic to find this one online, by happy accident. The introduction of more electric guitar and the subtle synth textures make for an exciting listen, over and over again. The songs are each like a tidal wave that crash over the listener with increased intensity and propulsion. "Jubi" is one of the most transparent guitar/bass/drum pieces that I have ever heard and would fit equally on a drive through a dusty town as it would on a frosty winters' day. "Pilgrim" is haunting and nostalgic, while "Dive" is the captain of a great vessel, commanding furious attention as it grasps the wheel and charts a wild course. You will be thrilled by this record. Buy it and let the weight of it wash over you!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classical or Jazz? Just GREAT MUSIC. May 30, 2014
By T. Land
Format:Audio CD
Explore the group Balmorhea.

Each of the albums has wonderful compositions, melodies, music-scapes. The songs are always moving, changing, with unique combinations of instruments (xylophones, violins, drum set, banjoe, cello, and more...) playing tunes that will catch in your head.

Their live albums are really well recorded, and the others are wonderfully produced.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best music pieces September 23, 2013
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They're certainly at their best on this one and Rivers Arms. If you haven't heard it, you should check it out.
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