Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Song of the Week: Balto

I just love everything about this song, "The Railyard" by the Oregon based Balto, the harmonies, the lyrics, the heartbreaking mandolin, and the story behind the song and the album that it is found on, October Sky:

(via Balto's bandcamp page)
Balto came into being when Daniel Sheron abandoned his life in Moscow, Russia and went along into Siberia. Against an ever shifting backdrop of railways and desolate wastes, he wrote a cycle of songs to tell the story of what had happened in that strange country, why he had exiled himself, and why he thought it mattered. In train cars and crumbling cities he encountered PEOPLE, and they inhabited the songs he was writing and the notes he was taking. In the fall, Daniel brought Balto back to America and called his friends to record an album in one day. On December 15, 2010, six people entered a basement in Brooklyn, New York and emerged that night with an album that no one had expected, October's Road.

You can download the song for the price of an email address on their website, or buy the whole album on bandcamp.

Balto also has a new single out, "Smokestacks", previewing an upcoming EP that you can stream here. 

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