This album showered a flourish of candy coloured kisses onto my auditory cortex. It manages the enviable task of reconciling the worst of human emotion and experience with the greatest of them, while being a celebration of music itself. Bill would be proud.
Favorite track: Chanteuse Raison d'etre.
This album will be released November 12, 2013 on Maximum Ames Records
released December 5, 2013
Side A: You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Disaster
1. The Face
2. Some Place To Land
3. Gloom Balloon
4. You Make Me Feel Like a Natural Disaster
Side B Fix the Sunshine pts. 1-7 (An ode for Bill Doss)
5. Fix the Sunshine pt. 1 (A California Demise, Through Bloodshot Eyes)
6. Fix the Sunshine pt. 2 (Will C., You, Cut Me Like A Matisse)
7. Fix the Sunshine pt. 3 (Chanteuse Raison d'être)
8. Fix the Sunshine pt. 4 (Goodbye Wren)
9. Fix the Sunshine pt. 5 (Summer Buzz and Summer Fervor)
10. Fix the Sunshine pt. 6 (Macy’s Momentum is Gaining)
11. Fix the Sunshine pt. 7 (Fix the Sunshine)
Produced, Engineered, Mixed by Patrick Tape Fleming & Chris Ford
Mastering by Doug Van Sloun @ Focus Mastering in Omaha, NE
All songs by Gloom Balloon copyright BMI Songs For a Baroque Heart
Strings recorded @ The Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines, IA
Everything else recorded @ Chris’s Apartment on Pleasant Street in Des Moines, IA.
Patrick’s Apartment on 4th Street in Des Moines, IA.
Donny’s Apartment on Kellog Street in Ames, IA.
LONG LIVE HOME RECORDING!!!
Gloom Balloon is
Patrick Tape Fleming- words, vocals, acoustic guitars, drums, keys, electronics, tape loops, tape manipulations, synths, mellotron, percussion, finger snaps,
Chris Ford- vocals, piano, trumpet, synths, gated drums, finger snaps,
H.D. Harmsen –string arrangements, string conducting, bass guitar, direct inject electric guitar
With Very Special Guests
Macy Gacke- the conversation
Donny Peterson- tenor saxophone
Kevin Ohrlund- violin
Reuben Kebede- violin
Daniel Park- viola
Paul Virgilio- cello
Ashley Tape Fleming- wind production from the other room
Bill Doss voice appears courtesy of an interview from WFMU…
Paintings by Ashley Tape Fleming
Illustrations by Alli Arnold
Design lay out by Alli Arnold and Ken Huelhorst