Balina is a duo that carries the elements from various musical parallel universes like prog rock, math rock, psychedelia, stoner rock and swing jazz with the flavours of modern heavy metal and Turkish roots. Their music contains a blend of raw and dark tunes with the help of dynamic sound brought by the feat of drum and guitar.
Duo has founded in late 2011 in İzmir Turkey as Alican Öyke on guitars and Burçin Esin on drums, who are also the old bandmates from local post hardcore band Soygun.
After their first self released 2013 record ‘Balina’ and the sequent performances which includes an opening up for Mogwai in their 2015 İstanbul gig too; they quickly became one of the accepted modern-heavy faces of Turkey’s current sub cultural music scene.
After following performances mostly held in İstanbul they made a reappearance with their second studio work ‘Kaybetmenin Mitolojisi’ which was released by Ada Müzik (Fikret Kızılok, Fazıl Say, Bülent Ortaçgil, Zen, Nekropsi, Replikas and more) in late 2017. This time, their music tells a conceptual psychedelic urban story, stuck between the sea and the rocks.
The songs were recorded in Pür Recording Studio Istanbul and Bahçeşehir University with the presence of Barkın Engin (Replikas). The cover of the album was created by Fırat İtmeç, photographed by Burçin Esin and graphically designed by Can Dağlı.
The promo photos were taken by Ebru Yıldız, who has previously worked with many names such as John Cale, Ty Segall and more. In this long breath progressive album, composed of four tracks in total, Lara Di Lara features in one of the songs ‘Üzgünüm’.
Following on from last year’s rapturously received Assimilation, London-based saxophonist, improviser and producer Ben Vince returns with Don't Give Your Life.
Over the last few years, Vince’s solo saxophone and electronics performances, along with his work in the clattering post-punk troupe, Housewives, have helped him quickly establish a considerable reputation among those in the know.
Where his first releases under his name honed in on his meditatively layered and looped saxophone lines – placing him in a lineage beginning with the Time Lag Accumulator works of Terry Riley and stretching into the icy expanses of John Surman’s 1980s recordings and the hypnotic riffing of Gilbert Artman’s Urban Sax – Assimilation saw Vince branching out to work with high-profile collaborators such as Micachu and demonstrating his deep love of the outer reaches of club music (also evident on last year’s collaborative 12” with UK bass music bigwig Joy Orbison).
Don't Give Your Life is the strongest work yet from an artist whose work demonstrates a risk-taking, omnivorous appetite for the new while also digging deeper and deeper into a unique sonic sensibility.
Tracklisting: Side A: 1. Mark Of The Spirit (Feat. Bianca Scout) 2. Arnaldo (Feat. Kenta Sekine) 3. Soft Skills (Feat. Tom Glencross & Jacob Samuel) 4. Makeshift Paradigm
Side B: 5. Luxx (Feat. Alpha Maid) 6. Telekenesis (Feat. Kenta Sekine) 7. Our Love (Feat. Tom Glencross & Jacob Samuel)
Side C: 8. The Veil (Feat. Tom Glencross) 9. He Thinks I'm All Alone (Feat. Jacob Samuel) 10. What We Need (Feat Kenta Sekine)
‘Magic Coins’ is an unexpected rhythm track that is seemingly drum and bass-inspired, written collectively by all three band members. Bromide are Simon Berridge on vocals and guitar, Ed Lush on drums, and Hugo Wilkinson on bass.
These songbirds worship at the altars of Husker Du, Teenage Fanclub, The Replacements, Guided By Voices, Dinosaur Jr., The Only Ones, Buffalo Tom and other melodic rockers equally obsessed by songs, songwriting and the euphoria associated with playing music through amplified electronic equipment.
Hailing from London, their sound has been described as "Grant Hart fronting Sebadoh" and "Elvis Costello fronting Dinosaur Jr."
Vive Le Rock noted that they mix “the best bits of The Lemonheads and Dinosaur Jr. replete with melancholic melodies and J Mascis-ish guitar lines".
"Bromide haven't just woken up, they're alert and more keenly ambitious than ever" **** Record Collector
"Stunning.. if no one discovers this album now it will be claimed as one of the great lost albums of the era" 8/10 Louder than War
"I Woke Up catches the London-based three-piece punching a rather large and splendid hole in the modern alt-rock landscape" 8/10 God Is In The TV
"If you like Dinosaur Jr and The Replacements, you’ll love this" 4/5 musicOMH
"A mighty fine tune from Bromide" Gideon Coe, BBC 6 Music
"Joyously scrappy punkgaze tune" The 405
Track List Side A – Magic Coins Side B – Always Now Live: Saturday 23rd March - Scratchstock at The Birds Nest, Deptford Saturday 13th April - Records Store Day alldayer at Sister Midnight Records, Deptford Thursday 18th April - The Islington (London) as support for UT Saurday 25th May - Scratchstock at The Birds Nest, Deptford