Balmorhea (pronounced bal-mə-ray) is an 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 a live album recorded in a Belgian cathedral, various remixes from a wide array of artists and the “Candor/Clamor” and “Heir” singles.
Influenced by the band’s namesake, a West Texas town of 500 people, Balmorhea’s early work reflected motifs of the American Southwest: the folklore of Texas settlers, the emotive proclamations of the mountainous setting, and intimate studies on solitude, nature, and night. Slowly adding to their ensemble over the years, including a string section and full percussion, 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.
Balmorhea, called “an exemplary experiment in restraint” by The New Yorker, has toured the US and Europe eight times each, including shows in China, Mexico, Russia, Taiwan, Turkey and the Ukraine. Notable shows alongside such varied acts include Efterklang, Nils Frahm, Grouper, Mono, Thurston Moore, Stars of the Lid, and Tortoise. Additionally, the band has played dozens of festivals including Austin City Limits, SXSW (x6), Fun Fun Fun Fest, Utopia and Hopscotch. Their music has been featured and reviewed by Pitchfork, BBC, The Wall Street Journal, NPR, The Atlantic and many more.
A new album from the group, Clear Language, will be released by Western Vinyl, Balmorhea’s longtime label, in September 2017. An accompanying tour, visiting cities across the U.S. and Europe, will bring Clear Language to life with a full band of multi-instrumentalists, and the ensemble will be enshrouded in a light/video projection that’s being developed to mirror the emotional tone of Clear Language. Audiences can also expect to hear classic works from All is Wild, All is Silent, Stranger, Constellations — the spareness of which invites comparisons to Clear Language — and more from Balmorhea’s dense catalog, dating back to 2006.