RIYL: Balmorhea, Rafael Anton Irisarri, Peter Broderick

Label: Beacon Sound

Multi-instrumentalist and co-founder of the beloved pastoral ambient project Balmorhea, Michael A. Muller’s muse has always lived in the natural spaces around him. The contours of the Texas hill country shaped the sweeping textures and chord progressions of Balmorhea’s voice, equal parts post-rock and neo-classical. Lower River, Muller’s first solo endeavor, is inspired by a new landscape.  Originally a sound experiment from a 2018 trip spanning from the Oregon coast to Southern Italy and remote fishing villages in the South of France, Michael blended the field recordings he captured from these spaces with original compositions devoted to those landscapes. Blanketing drone textures melt into woodwind and string instruments for a remarkably immersive listening experience.  Fans of Balmorhea, Peter Broderick, Grouper and their ilk will finding plenty to love in Lower River.

The vinyl is limited to a one-time pressing of 500 copies. Listen to the first available track Fixed Shadow and watch the gripping new music video for it below.

The Details

The debut solo release from the co-founder of Balmorhea.
Lower River explores the place where time, space, and self are occluded. Lower River is a sonic venture into other worlds and into the depths of one’s own mind; a study of what it means to deeply listen versus to merely hear.
Beacon Sound (LP) & 1631 Recordings (Digital)

Ltd to 500 copies of virgin black vinyl, pressed at RTI

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Price $20

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