Constellations, Balmorhea‘s 5th album clearly denotes the wisdom and experience they have gathered through the years. The perfect follow up to their last album: “All is Wild, All is Silent” which was a more chaotic build up of feeling expressed through their piano, wind, strings and what-not.
Constellations seems perfectly out of tune to today’s chaotic way of life. Were evreyone is in a hurry, and no one quite knows what is going on, disruption, impatience, envy, greed, jelousy and an overall feeling of “loudness” is felt throughout society. Clearly seen everyday everywere, it’s even relfected into what many people enjoy as “music” these days, constant anoying beats were fucking, drinking, pimps and hoe’s are the subject of attention, it’s no longer an industry were artist’s can express themselves through music and touch peoples lifes, but a constant war on who can say fuck, pussy, and money in greater quantities. It has been transformed to a massive production line (as if the Chinese took it over) were artists “produce” album, after album, after album, probably not having the least idea of what they’re doing, and quantity is prioritaized over quality . At least if you are gonna rap/sing about being a “thug” do it the right way, not with Lady Ga Ga backing you up.
Constellations seems to bring you back to the essence of life, it wakes up that feeling of “ok-ness” you’ve been hiding or running from. It’s an utterly simplistic, striped down album but still manages to stir greater emotion than songs like “Settler” or “Harm and Boom”. It’s boisterously peaceful, contradictions are met evreywere, a serene yet disturbing album. It reminds me in some ways to a texturized Alexandre Desplat, with of course a greater amount of instruments.
What do you feel when you hear this album? Because I, feel peace!