““A set of arid, expansive, Americana-tinted meditations on the natural world, it’s also a proper showcase of the duo’s skill in treating distance and intimacy like timbres and textures. The recording is vast and open, yet private — a big Texas sunrise caught in the sway of some curtains.”—The Washington Post on The Wind

“...a sound that evokes imagery of brilliant landscapes and quiet pastoral scenes. Their sweeping instrumentals and sporadic yet haunting vocals draw influence from both classical music and experimental acoustic folk.”—NPR

“Rich textures push it past the point of background music, and its gorgeous melodies serve as anchors for even the sparest moments”—Pitchfork

Lauded minimalist group Balmorhea unveil their new single “The Mythtoday; listen/share HERE. The track is off their upcoming album The Wind, out April 9 with Deutsche Grammophon, and follows debut single “Rose in Abstract,” which featured both Balmorhea musicians Rob Lowe and Michael A. Muller on piano for the first time; pre-order the album HERE.

The Wind comprises a dozen tracks inspired variously by meditations on the natural world and its fragility, an ancient tale about a saint who carried the wind to an airless French valley and thoughts of climate activist Greta Thunberg crossing the Atlantic. “The Myth” was conceived early on in its production: “The framework here revolves around two guitars: a nylon and a steel string,” says Muller. “This song is tuned to open C, which is very low for a gentle acoustic instrument. It took many takes to land the live duet of guitars, as one or both would slightly slip out of tuning by the end of the track. The ethereal graces us again with Lisa Morgenstern. Her vocal range is just hard to believe. There were a lot of chills in the room hearing her parts being recorded.”

The album was recorded in the iconic Saal 3 of Berlin’s Funkhaus, musical home to Lowe and Muller’s multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer friend Nils Frahm and co-produced by Grammy-winning engineer and producer Jonathan Low (Taylor Swift, Caroline Shaw, Sō Percussion), and mixed and mastered by Low at Long Pond in upstate New York, the studio that he operates for Aaron Dessner and The National.

Balmorhea, pronounced ‘Bal-more-ray’ and named for a small town in western Texas, began life in 2006 when Lowe and Muller met and made music at a summer camp in the remote Texas Hill Country. The group gradually evolved into a larger ensemble and toured extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Following an intense five-year period on the road, Balmorhea’s two founders took advantage of a break from touring to improvise and experiment together once more. With the release of The Wind, they are the first-ever Texans to join ranks with a wide cast of new label mates from Brian Eno to Beethoven on the historical Deutsche Grammophon.

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