Balto, Vacilando – Tickets – Doug Fir Lounge – Portland, OR – December 30th, 2015

Balto, Vacilando



St. Even, Swansea

Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Doors: 8:00 pm / Show: 8:30 pm

$5.00 - $10.00

This event is 21 and over

Balto’s return to the LP after a 5 year absence lands with a swell of feedback, a heavy downbeat, and a punch to the gut. “I’ve known love asa fleeting beauty lost upon the young.” It’s a coming of age album in the fullest sense, a 10-cut meditation on the realization that time is pushing us all closer to the void and away from one another, and that the doe-eyed romanticism of Balto’s early writing has long since sobered. Yet underneath that disillusionment is a sense of confident celebration in not only knowing a craft, but loving it. It's an album of unbridled american rock’n’roll – steeped in the mythology of the legendary songwriters and Motown's almighty groove. Biting cynicism, instant classics, tear-your-heart-out live energy, a willingness to swagger, rip hard, and live behind the beat.
VACILANDO earns comparisons to Low's slowcore, Cowboy Junkies' prairie solitude, and Califone's art-school deconstructionism. “a slow and gorgeous affair, with folk and calico-country tones intersecting with long, groaning hums that sound like steel rails vibrating long after the train has pulled out of the station.” – Portland Mercury
“Stoned roots” "pristine, drugged-and-blighted Americana" "presses all the moody sad-sack buttons" – Willamette Week
“haunting, shape-shifting album of moody music that builds, growls and moves, slow and deep like dream themes with muted colors” – Southeast Examiner
"There is an undeniable old meets new quality to this music, and as such there are recognizable elements of indie rock, alternative, folk, and country throughout.. As far as Vacilando's music is concerned, the roads upon which it moves have been heavily traveled throughout the years, yet not in such a vehicle as theirs." – No Depression
“Equal parts mood piece and character sketch, Shepski’s songs blend the realism of Raymond Carver with the poetic brevity of Lydia Davis, adding in scrambled AM frequencies to disrupt any linear narrative belonging to the band’s atmospheric songs.” – Bucket Full of Nails
“dense soundscape that’s informed both by good old Americana and the more experimental side of Low.” “ this Portland project very much sounds like Nashville, if it had lots and lots of Portland’s rain.” - earthings
St. Even
St. Even (the nom de guerre of Steve Hefter)'s Spirit Animal-- described as "gentle but unsettled folk" by the Portland Mercury-- was hailed "a masterpiece" and named the # 2 local album of the year by Willamette Week in 2011.

Hefter, a Baltimore native, collaborated with many of Charm City's musical luminaries in previous projects prior to landing in Portland (including members of Oxes, J Roddy Walston and the Business, Wye Oak, Judd and Maggie, and Small Sur) in 2009.

2013 marks the release of St. Even's eponymous, second record via Party Damage Records. Gorbie International Records will release a beautiful canvas-encased limited edition of the album at The Secret Society on November 8th.
Swansea formed in 2011 when Portland, Oregon mainstays, musician/actress/writer, Rebecca Sanborn (Loch Lomond, Blue Cranes) and drummer, Ji Tanzer (Blue Cranes, Rebecca Gates) recruited Kansas City multi-instrumentalist/singer Kyleen King to expand the sound of their long standing duo project. As a trio, in 2012 the group released their first full length album “Old Blood” and completed multiple tours of the United States. Between 2013-2015, Swansea toured Europe and found significant success in scoring and licensing music for a diverse array of films, including the track & field documentary “We Grew Wings” (2013), the feature length, multi-award winning dramas “Light of Mine” (2013), “A Standing Still” (2014) and “Death On A Rock” (2015). With the engineering/production help of John Askew (Neko Case, Wild Flag), Swansea’s sophomore album, “Flaws” was released April 28th 2017 on the Self Group label. Stylistically, Swansea combine artful narrative and atmospheric sweep with a touch of dancey, off-the-cuff toughness–often drawing comparison to LCD Soundsystem, Feist and My Brightest Diamond.