7/26/2017

Eszter Balint playing McCabe's opening for Tammy Faye Starlite August 25th

Singer/songwriter/actress extraordinaire Eszter Balint is due to play her first Los Angeles date in a very long time. She'll be opening for Tammy Faye Starlite andaccompanying Ms. Starlite as well in her tribute to the late Velvet Underground chanteuse Nico at McCabe's on August 25. In her own set, Balint will be showcasing material from her three solo albums along with brand new materials. Her most recent album Airless Midnight was recorded in New York's Brooklyn Recording and Richmond's Montrose Recording, produced by JD Foster, and features masterful and provocative guitar work from Chris Cochrane (John Zorn), Marc Ribot, Dave Schramm (Yo La Tengo), as well as distinctive vocal contributions from songstress Sam Phillips. I'm hoping you'll consider advancing her show with a feature or advance blurb. Please let me know if you need the music. Here's the first video from the album, "Trouble You Don't See:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IDSR6Ahk8e8
 
Eszter has been very busy for past few years. In 2014 she was making good progress writing material for the new album when out of the blue-after a long hiatus from acting-she was offered a part she couldn't refuse. She agreed to be featured in a six-episode arc of Louis C.K.'s F/X series Louie, Season 4; her performance as his Hungarian girlfriend "Amia" earned her considerable critical praise. Eszter also improvised compositions, sang and played violin for the series. As soon as filming wrapped, Eszter returned to work on her album.
 
After releasing her second album Mud in 2004, Eszter took a break from music and focused on parenting. Once her son started attending school, she began writing again, in part, "to keep sane while coping with a series of difficult personal circumstances." After a number of years spent writing and polishing these songs, doing studio sessions with other artists and resuming live performance, Balint felt she had a body of work worth capturing in the studio.
 
What resulted is Balint's most confident effort to date. The lyrics are cohesive and support strong, if mysterious, narratives with a decisive cinematic feel. The accompanying tunes are varied and strategically eclectic in approach. There's more rock and punk influence here, which gives way to an eerie, calm spaciousness. These songs are artful, sophisticated yet earthy, there's guts and grit and beauty too; it's an eloquent expression of her life experiences to date. 

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