I’ll admit I’m no expert in instrumental, world or dance music but I will admit that I know something about what makes an album worth listening to. That said, Puerto Rican band Balún, self-described as electro-acoustic pop have released a brilliant album entitled Something Comes Our Way on the up-and-coming indie label Brilliante Records. Balún features female vocalist Angélica Negron who lends her breathy, child-like vocals sparingly over the course of the 13 tracks. Her lack of singing though may be the band’s strongest suit. Instead, the music serves as the focal point. Comparing them to Scottish hipster-startups Board of Canada is not entirely too far off. but the feel-good groove of Balún is a little different. Though they are often a bit quirky (random sounds make appearance all over this album), the bridges, melodies and crescendos are all in place and the band exudes a confidence and professionalism that belies that of other American electro-pop bands.
After the enigmatic and droning opener “Opening the Box,” Something Comes Our Way takes shape and features an alluring assortment of wispy guitars, airy strings, supple accordions, bells and gently thumping beats. Lead single “SNOL” is catchy enough to be stuck in your head for days and songs “Everything’s Alright” and “I Shouldn’t Do This” harness a power and energy that few electro-pop CD’s have to offer. By closing song “Disappearing Act,” Something Comes Our Way firmly cements itself as one of the most vibrant and enjoyable instrumental albums I’ve listened to in awhile.
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