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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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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. . .your heart deepens as the bass does, your exhale and inhale and shake your head, you literally feel it. . .amazing and the last minute. . .it takes you there.
Jubi- This one feels like a love song is about to begin, you close your eyes and can see his/her face smiling back at you and that's all before the 1st min is over. . .this one relaxes you, helps to clear your mind and open your heart up.
Artifact- From the beginning you know it's building and then it keeps building and the first minute hasn't even come yet. . .still building. . .still climbing giving off visions of passion, you can literally feel the passion, feel the build and then it comes on so smooth. . you're still there with them and then 1:42 happens and keeps going and you don't what to expect, all that building leads and takes you on a journey, your feet wanna move, your heart wants to dance, you smile. . .it's deep and powerful, it's climax is a thrill ride and then half way thru they keep you calm and rebuild again. .
Shore- is exactly what the title says, if you don't see yourself on the sandy shores of the crystal blue waters of some exotic island soaking up the sun then I don't know what to tell you. It's a calming pleasure. .
Pyrakantha- If you've seen the video they did to this then you already know the feeling. This song gets you, because it builds but where it goes is not where you think it will go and that is the calming surprise of this one.
Pilgrim- Makes you think, this is one you listen to and wonder where are they trying to take you so you listen. . . . .and then there it goes, they took you there and it's peaceful.
IN ALL THIS ALBUM IS BEAUTIFUL AND THERE ARE NO OTHER WORDS FOR ME TO EXPLAIN IT. . .THIS IS WHAT INSTRUMENTS WERE MADE FOR, THIS BRINGS ME TO THE BEST OF GREATS IN CLASSICAL MUSIC WITH A MODERN TOUCH. . .JUST AMAZING.
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.