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ARTIST
TITLE
Balans
FORMAT
CD

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CATALOG #
WOLF 001CD WOLF 001CD
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RELEASE DATE
1/19/2010

This is the debut full-length release by Dutch DJ/producer and Wolfskuil label-head, Darko Esser. Music, work, friends and life in general is all about balance -- especially about finding and keeping that balance despite all the contradictions, rollercoaster-rides and paradoxes life can put in front of you. Besides his signature dancefloor-oriented music, Balans also showcases a different side of Darko -- he experiments with different tempos (listen to the downtempo electronica of "Broken" and "The Goodbye Song," for example), structures (hear the freaked-out beats versus emotion-ridden melodies on "Dobro Jutro"), melodies (the multilayered and detailed ambient on "Teardrops,") and of course, rhythms, expressed beautifully on "Pechvogel," where amen-breaks battle with 4/4 rhythms. Most tracks on the album have opposing titles and the atmosphere changes from dark, moody and emotional to uplifting, cheerful and happy, sometimes even within the same track, as can be heard in full effect on "Balans." One could musically summarize the whole album as an in-depth excursion into the world of melody, resulting in catchy yet unusually-arranged compositions. The first feedback on the album has been overwhelming, and "Teardrops" has already been licensed as the closing-track on Dave Seaman's Renaissance Master Series compilation. Balans is the first artist album to come out on Wolfskuil Records, and it will certainly not be the last.