Balam Acab: contrasts always make for the most interesting art. - Oh My Rockness

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Balam Acab: contrasts always make for the most interesting art.

April 16, 2012
Balam Acab is 21-year-old Alec Koone from Pennsylvania. Sampling a whole mess of found sounds, he creates slightly disturbing bass heavy jams whose ominous repetition would leave you feeling mostly paranoid, if not for the fact that these songs are so intoxicatingly pretty. I love contrasts like this. That's what art is all about, right?

And Balam Acab artfully toes the line between contrasting genres; on one hand he explores that kind of eerie synth (witch-house?) that makes you slowly shudder, on the other he delves into melodically soulful instrumental that propels you to chill the hell out. It might not be ok, but it will probably be ok. That's the internal journey of your subconscious that Balam Acab takes you on.

Because he's good, Balam Acab will appeal to a wide array of people. That's what happens when you're good. But let's say if you like James Blake or Clams Casino or Holy Other or How to Dresss Well or Beacon (or other good bands), you have a good chance of being into Balam Acab too.

Balam Acab plays with Mogwai (!) at Metro, on Wednesday, June 20th.


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