Classical Texan ensemble Balmorhea self-released their first full-length back in 2007, moving on to release a slew of instrumental records via independent Austin label Western Vinyl. Though the cast of characters has rotated a bit since their formation in 2006, Rob Lowe and Michael Muller have always been at the heart of Balmorhea, arranging glimmering guitars and spare piano with care and an inexplicable magnetism. Now Western Vinyl is releasing a remastered version of their eponymous debut, one that amplifies each delicate, Stravinsky-inspired chord and nimble finger-plucking pattern. These are the more polished roots of a band that excels in ambient minimalism, calling deserved attention to each dextrous swell and fall of strings.
Balmorhea is out via Western Vinyl.