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  • Record/Vinyl + Digital Album

    Balto's new LP, lovingly pressed to vinyl here in Oregon!

    Included along with the 150 gram record is a CD version and a download code for any format you choose! Features full-color mixed-media artwork by Alyce Vasquez and a postcard for your refrigerator.

    Includes unlimited streaming of Strangers via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
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First Encounters of a simpler kind
Damn it was easy, I was so surprised
One nostalgic melancholy moment
Felt it even as it passed me by

The tinny music from the radio,
The first snow in a while
The cup of coffee as the dawn was breaking
The cigarettes inside

I like the way you’re slow to smile
I like your eyes, I like you stoned and wild
And if the night-time makes you lightning
Well then I’m thunder in the distant sky

But every morning is a different story
Let me see you in the light
Is this a dream, some other dark confusion
Or someone else’s life?

Oh it’s alright
Oh it’s alright

Load us up on wells and cheap champagne
We’re gonna shake this thing awake somehow
We’ll make a scene, be seasick strangers
Turning in the low-light of¬¬ a lonesome crowd

I’ve been brooding for a long time baby
But I want to to shut it out
I want to hide behind the big delusion
Don’t let me down!


from Strangers, released February 24, 2017



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Balto Portland, Oregon

Balto is mercurial American roots music - song-driven rock’n’roll – a hair-raising live band from the Northwest – electric guitars and Hammond organs, swirling psychedelia, an occasional Bonzo drum flourish, held down on bass by a former fighter with a deep admiration for James Jamerson ... more


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