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Clear Language

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constant_time This album is bliss. I have always had trouble with anxiety and over-thinking things. When I listen to this album, all that melts away.
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TheSlowMusicMovement A warm, comforting sonic duvet in a cold hard world.
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wonderdog Some of the tracks, especially "Slow Stone", remind me of Sparklehorse.
It's a very "clean" sound.
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scowan1104 I heard the review by Bob Boilen on all songs considered. His description and then the track he played stayed with me. I found it, soaked it up in my ears, and admire it for its beautiful musical essence. It tells a story.
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Ronald Wanders This music opens up my conscience... And the fact that it is from TX and doesn't sound like country... :-)
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A decade-plus on the road, near-constant musical output, and shifting creative priorities caused the revered Austin duo, comprised of multi-instrumentalists Rob Lowe and Michael Muller, to soberly assess the band's future. What, in the form of Balmorhea, was there left to say? And did they have the energy to say it?

Stranger, the group's maximalist, genre-leaping full-length from 2012, had already seemed to trace the group's farthest bounds. And, over the years, they'd worked with a roving cast of accomplished string and rhythm players to craft a glassy-eyed, sage-brushed, instrumental Americana that, while celebrated in The New Yorker, Pitchfork and The Atlantic, among myriad other press, and attracting the film, ad, and television worlds risked pigeonholing them for good.

As they had in the beginning, in 2006, Muller and Lowe worked simply and with restraint, letting intuition guide them as they molded the 10 elegant, spacious gestures that comprise Clear Language. A relaxed, clear-eyed wonder tumbles through these songs like herons lancing through Kerouac's "hungermaking" fog. Clear Language is the sound of two friends transmitting unfettered meaning in a milieu choked by double-speak at every turn.

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released September 22, 2017

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Balmorhea

(pronounced bal-mə-ray)
c 2006
Austin, Texas

Balmorhea’s rich and layered music continues to be simultaneously concise and complex, uniting a collection of textures and space into one genre-defying landscape. ... more

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