September 30, 2013
Release Date: 10/22/2013
Gloom Balloon’s debut release, She Was the One That Got Away, sounds like a modern day take on Van Morrison’s Astral Weeks, with saxes, flutes, and horns floating around a classic hip-hop beat. The single’s b-side features Bob Nastanovich of Pavement and the Silver Jews screaming imaginary horse names. It’s with that free-form style of collaboration and freedom that these home recordings are assembled.
- She Was the One That Got Away
- The Science of Love Minus Harry Harlow
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“Gloom Balloon are full of surprises, but the subject matter of “She Was the One That Got Away” is not one of them. The track below is an epistolary song dedicated to a former lover, rich in personal detail, brimming with sad humor, and full of tangible regret. But it’s the rest that blindsides the listener in such a totally welcome way. First, the titular line is given a nearly gospel treatment for the chorus. Second, there’s the saxophone and flute dancing all over the backing beat. Third, there are those downcast yet summery rhymes of our host, Patrick Tape Fleming, erstwhile frontman of Iowa’s far more Pavement-informed indie heroes the Poison Control Center.” - Spin.com
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