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Pendant World

Deutsche Grammophon
Release Date: June 16, 2023

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New Conditions (ft. Joseph Shabason and Jason Treuting)
1 Nonplussed  
2 Oscuros  
3 Step Step Step  
4 Desiderium  
5 The Bright Door  
6 Loess  
7 New Conditions  
8 Held  
9 Range  
10 Fire Song  
11 Violet Shiver  
12 Elsewhere  
13 Depth Serenade  
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Haunting melodies and exquisite sound colours run through Balmorhea’s keenly awaited second album for Deutsche Grammophon. Pendant World retains the essential spirit of the Texas-based group’s music while transporting it to fresh creative territory, thanks to collaborations between founders Rob Lowe and Michael A. Muller and an exceptional line-up of guest artists. Above all, its thirteen tracks cross genre boundaries to explore heartfelt forms of expression. Pendant World is released digitally, on CD and on vinyl today, 16 June 2023.

Joining Lowe and Muller on the new album are regular collaborators violinist/vocalist Aisha Burns and cellist Clarice Jensen, and an equally distinguished line-up of guest artists, including experimental jazz saxophonist Sam Gendel, Joseph Shabason on tenor saxophone and flute, clarinetist Jonathan Sielaff, percussionist Jason Treuting and vocalists Steph Jenkins and Lisa Morgenstern. The music was recorded in ideal conditions in rural Vermont in collaboration with three-time Grammy-winning engineer and producer Jonathan Low (The National, Taylor Swift, Sufjan Stevens).  

The title Pendant World derives from a quotation Lowe discovered while reading Lyall Watson’s book Heaven’s Breath: A Natural History of the Wind. He was struck by a line from Shakespeare’s Measure for Measure, in which one of the principal characters contemplates death and compares it to being “imprison’d in the viewless winds, / And blown with restless violence round about / The pendant world”. Thoughts of a world suspended, its fate to be decided, took root in Lowe’s mind.

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