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Balloon Astronomy
Post by Marygold on Feb 29th, 2012, 12:48am

BALLOON ASTRONOMY is a new US outfit from San Diego, California, the collaboration of long-time friends. Their debut album was entirely composed by Jim Ledger (lead & backing vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, bass) and Glenn Little (keyboards, flutes, ukulele, charango, guitars). They got some notable assistance from Nick D’Virgilio (drums & percussion), Mike Keneally (acoustic guitar), Max Werner (clarinet), Jason Smith (drums), Harry Johnson (b/v). The fact that mixing/mastering of the CD have been carried out by Rich Mouser (Spock’s Beard, Transatlantic) has probably helped considerably here. Despite the style being grounded in the mid 70’s, Balloon Astronomy sounds inventive with fluid performances from all concerned. The end result is a real revelation. A sublime, richly textured and superbly crafted music immediately envelopes the listener. cool

http://balloonastronomy.bandcamp.com/

The obvious reference would be Genesis (‘Eagle’ lends an air of ATOTT to the proceeding, while ‘Sourness of Days’ incorporate some phrasing from later period). Elsewhere, Supertramp, Elton John, Strawbs, Cat Stevens are heard. Definitely, one of the most fascinating and diverse prog-releases I have heard for a long time. The booklet is done well, complete with lyrics and some pictures. wink

http://balloonastronomy.com/

Thankfully, Balloon Astronomy did find its way onto my CD player – and hasn’t spent a day away from it since. Dear folks, if the above has pricked your interest, then take the plunge and try something new in the shape of BA. smiley

Re: Balloon Astronomy
Post by Goldtop on Feb 29th, 2012, 07:01am

I listened to samples on Amazon, sounds interesting, I would love to hear some full songs. Very diverse songs, not sure if I love it, however I am curious to hear more.
Re: Balloon Astronomy
Post by Marygold on Feb 29th, 2012, 07:08am

on Feb 29th, 2012, 07:01am, Goldtop wrote:
I would love to hear some full songs.


Right now you may listen to their album in its entirety, on above mentioned Bandcamp site. wink
Re: Balloon Astronomy
Post by Julian on Mar 2nd, 2012, 5:24pm

on Feb 29th, 2012, 07:08am, Marygold wrote:
Right now you may listen to their album in its entirety, on above mentioned Bandcamp site. wink


Which I have just done, a few times.

It's a good album, with some very strong songs. "Eagle" is a standout track, to be sure, but I like "By the Strange Water's Edge", too.

It's true that there is a Genesis influence, but it's by no means intrusive.

Marygold, thanks for sharing, as always!

Re: Balloon Astronomy
Post by Marygold on Mar 2nd, 2012, 11:18pm

I hope you rate this album and enjoy the trip. wink
Re: Balloon Astronomy
Post by Marygold on Mar 4th, 2012, 09:31am

Another point of view. wink

http://danteprog.com/2012/02/review-balloon-astronomy-floats-along-nicely-on-genesis-winds/


Re: Balloon Astronomy
Post by Carpet Crawler on Mar 12th, 2012, 12:18pm

Finally got to listen to this album, and it's very nice. Like Julian said, the Genesis influence is there but not intrusive. That does seem to be the most apparent influence on their sound, and I quite like it.

I wish there was more music like this being made. I look forward to hearing it again.
Re: Balloon Astronomy
Post by NoSonOfVine on Mar 12th, 2012, 1:13pm

The name of this thread reminds of an odd shop I once saw while walking down a high street. It was called "Balloon Laboratory". cheesy
Re: Balloon Astronomy
Post by Marygold on Mar 22nd, 2012, 12:39pm

Available on Just For Kicks.

http://www.justforkicks.de/detail.asp?sid=1540602M89N20N126N185&uid=0&id=13751&lid=1
Re: Balloon Astronomy
Post by CountingOutTime on Mar 22nd, 2012, 5:55pm

Just purchased it here in the states for $15.00 - free shipping cool
Re: Balloon Astronomy
Post by Carpet Crawler on Mar 23rd, 2012, 07:28am

This is a really nice CD. I've been getting a lot of enjoyment out of it. Thanks for the tip Marygold!
Re: Balloon Astronomy
Post by Marygold on Mar 24th, 2012, 12:53am

on Mar 23rd, 2012, 07:28am, Carpet Crawler wrote:
This is a really nice CD. I've been getting a lot of enjoyment out of it. Thanks for the tip Marygold!


Balloon Astronomy presents a globally satisfying music. wink
Re: Balloon Astronomy
Post by Marygold on Apr 5th, 2012, 10:31am

A link to Sea Of Tranquility review. 5 out of 5! wink

http://www.seaoftranquility.org/reviews.php?op=showcontent&id=12516
Re: Balloon Astronomy
Post by Marygold on Apr 17th, 2012, 05:43am

One more article from the SOT resource. wink

http://www.seaoftranquility.org/reviews.php?op=showcontent&id=12612
Re: Balloon Astronomy
Post by Marygold on Apr 19th, 2012, 05:10am

Background's review, smiley

http://www.backgroundmagazine.nl/CDreviews/BalloonAstronomy2011.html