The Wind by BalmorheaRelease date: April 9, 2021
Label: Deutsche Grammophon
Rob Lowe and Michael A. Muller are probably better known to fans of post-rock/post-classical/post-ambient music as Balmorhea. They’ve been around for some fifteen years or so, making consistent pieces of musical jewelry, that somehow began to crop up a bit more seldom in the last years. Now, they seem to be back in full force, if force is the term you really want to use to describe their music, with their latest album The Wind.
Obviously, they have garnered a lot of respect in the meantime, as you don’t simply land a recording deal with the classical music giant that is Deutsche Grammophon, just because fans of the music that crosses quite a few borders say so.
But then, classical music base was one that was always present within Balmorhea’s music, but the duo was never feeling bound to whatever constraints any music genre poses. They simply kept doing it their way, including any musical element they felt needed to be there. Luckily for them, it seems that the ‘seriousness’ Deutsche Grammophon name caries with itself didn’t scare Lowe and Muller off, they obviously stuck to their concepts and came up with yet another great border-crossing release.
The Wind carries a concept with it. As the duo sees it, the album addresses their concerns for the way in which climate change is continuing unabated and reflecting the solace that so many people are now finding in connecting with the natural environment.
Balmorhea is certainly not the first to touch on this subject through music, but where they succeed is the fact that there are no big proclamations or preachiness here. Just a natural flow of ideas in music, that says more about nature than a few thousand words. Excellent!