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by Balms

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"As you’ve no doubt heard us mention before, as much as we love scouring the depths for cool new music (whether it be dusty used bins, garage sales, recommendations from friends or good old fashioned Bandcamp), there’s a special joy reserved for aQ walk-in discoveries. That is to say, someone who just strolls into the shop unexpectedly, brandishing an album they’ve just released - no expectations or preconceived notions. There’s nothing quite as exciting as placing said brandished record on the turntable & experiencing that moment of discovery as the realization dawns… It’s good. It’s reeeeal good. Such is the case with Balms! Seeping through the speakers like dust-speckled rays of hazy sunlight comes some of the most beautifully executed shoegazey dreampop we’ve heard in quite some time. And for a sound that’s arguably in no short supply right now (not that we’re complaining) that’s really saying something. There’s a pitch perfect balance of atmosphere & poppiness here. Guitars twinkle & drip like glittering syrup, the vocals lush & anesthetized, but surprisingly audible. As much as most bands plying in this trade like to bury their vocals in reverb & murk, Balms have a much more direct approach, and the result is an immediate emotional connection, a much more human sounding sort of shoegaze. And though Balms never really get heavy like, say, Nothing or Whirr (although they’re sure to appeal to fans of those guys) there’s still a rousing drive to their music - it’s just a drive that allows the spaciousness of their sound, the bittersweet heartswelling tug of those lost-summer-memory melodies, and the concise hookiness of their songwriting take center stage. It’s simple powerful stuff - the kind of record you want to hit repeat on over and over. Without a doubt one of our favorite recent local discoveries, and along with Modern Charms & Dissolve another glittering jewel in San Francisco’s dreamy shoegaze crown! For all of those unafraid to get a little starry-eyed, bleary-eyed & teary-eyed this couldn’t come more highly recommended!"
-aQuarius records, may 2015 (record of the month)

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released November 6, 2014

Written, recorded, and mixed by Balms in 2014 in John's basement
Mastered by Justin Weiss
VInyl layout and art by John Kolesnikow
Back vinyl cover photo by Breanne Rupp

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Track Name: Golden Hair
I'm outside, don't be scared
Right outside, golden hair
I'm outside, on the stairs
Right outside, golden hair

I'm outside, don't be scared
Right outside, golden hair
Fallen spine, are you mine?
Fallen spine, are you mine now?

I'm not the one that you left waiting at the door
Not the one that for you left waiting at the door
Not the one for you left waiting at the door
Track Name: Head in a Safe
I found my head awake
I know the face i make
I know my head ain't straight

Oh my god you came and left so fast
Secret silent people from my past
And you ask me if the sun goes down, are we waiting here?

My head is in a safe

You're waiting for a train
Tonight it comes too late
I know your head ain't straight

Oh my god you came and went so fast
Secret silent people from my past
And you ask me if the sun goes down, are we waiting here?

My head is in a safe
Track Name: Aboriginal
Came into your arms, fell into my head
Now we're at the bar, waiting 'til we're dead
I'll hold you in
Cutting off my legs, dancing on my bed
Flying from your house, whispers in my head

I know what you are
Aboriginal

Came from whence you fell
Now we're on the floor, rising from the spell
I keep you in
Flying through the face, mounting on its top
Dive into the lake, deep into the ground
I found, I found you in

I know what you are
You're aboriginal

And though it's dark outside
I found the safe you hide
But when i look inside
I see your face inside

Aboriginal
Track Name: Siren
And I know what to say
When I found you in my brain
But I'm not here
You wont stay
I'm just a stranger away

Isn't this what you said out loud?
Like a siren dance in my brain
I try so hard but your body keeps me awake

I know why I shouldn't say no, inside my soul
I know why I shouldn't say no, i know why

Isn't this what you said out loud?
Like a siren dance in my brain
I try so hard but my answers keep me awake

I know why I shouldn't say no, I know why
I know why I shouldn't say no, I know why
Track Name: See You
And now I see you

And i found you in a dream I had
But it made no sense to have a face in it

I'm not sure of whats in front of me
I'm not sure

Now I see you
Track Name: In The Dark
Met you at the bar
Doors to see the stars
Said this is the start
Tearing off the marks
So come down, come down

You said ending is the start
Bleed before it stops
Bless him from the top
Tower 'til you fall and floor me
You floor me, you floor me

And crush my body down
In the dark

I wont scream instead I'll watch
Holdin' up your cross
Shaking like a moth
Clinging to the light that holds you
I'll hold you, hold you

You said ending is the start
Ending this for art
Ending is the start
End this to start on living
We're living

And reaching for the light
In the dark

You're singing with me now
In the dark