Balún (2 Albums, 6 Tracks)
- José A. Olivares
- Angélica Negrón
- Noraliz Ruiz
- Leonardo Velázquez
Balún are José A. Olivares, Angélica Negrón, Noraliz Ruiz, and Leonardo Velázquez from San Juan, Puerto Rico. They like to build electro-acoustic melodies for imaginary films. These films are sometimes filmed by them or made by others for them. Balún uses electronic and acoustic instruments such as the harp, violin, accordion, melodica, guitar, Puerto Rican tiple, shruti box, glockenspiel, and toy piano to create from concrete sounds to fantastic sounds.Brought together by their love of simple melodies, 16mm films, cartoon doodles, and experimental pop music made by bands like Múm and Súperaquello, the group was formed in May of 2002 by José and Angélica as a side project to their former respective bands.
On June of 2003 Balún self-released their first EP (EP1), followed by their second EP (Nada Que Hacer Hoy) in January of 2004. On October of 2004 they released their third EP called “While Sleeping” for the Vienna-based netlabel Observatory. Following this release, Balún contributed in 2005, a remix for Arturo en el Barco (Carte Postale Records) and a track for the compilation “Porch, Kitchen, Bed, and Basement: Songs from the Blue House” (The Blue House). Brilliante Records from Chicago released their debut album titled “Something Comes Our Way” on June 27, 2006. Following this release Balún embarked on its first tour outside Puerto Rico and played a series of dates in the United States during the summer of 2006. The band’s first album received positive reviews from various sources such as Allmusic.com, Cyclic Defrost, Textura, XLR8R Magazine, Crackers United, The Big Take Over, The Tripwire, Flavorpill, CMJ, among others.
During 2007 the band released new songs on compilations for the German netlabel Aerotone and the French netlabel Petite & Jolie. In the summer of the same year Expansion Team Records re-released worldwide their “EP Collection” and the group participated again in a small tour with dates in New York, Chicago, and San Juan. In October of 2007 the band performed in the Pop Montreal Fest, a first for a Puerto Rican band. In 2008 they released music in three compilations (MonsterK7, At At Records, and Si No Puedo Bailar…), a remix for Genji Siraisi (Expansion Team) and another remix for Czech band Miou Miou (Minty Fresh), and had their first show in the West Coast @ Decibel Fest 2008 in Seattle. Balún has an upcoming MP3-EP with 8bitpeoples for 2009. Members of Balún are now living in the United States pursuing graduate degrees at NYU and Kent State.
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