For Those I Love
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Expected 26th March 2021
"Dinked Edition" is on 'clear' vinyl. Includes an exclusive signed + numbered print (individually drawn by David Balfe & unique to every copy). /300. For avoidance of doubt, the centre is a standard spindle size, and not dinked.
The severity of grief often comes across most clearly in art. What is the purpose of art but to depict human emotions for others to understand and empathise with? On his gripping new album For Those I Love, David Balfe offers a highly personalised portrait of love, loss, confusion, nostalgia and pain – that is to say, the Dublin songwriter/producer walks you through the early stages of mourning. Each savage emotion comes across as tangible and real. Balfe makes spoken word music over urbane electronica that takes its cues from alternative hip-hop and various forms of club music.
His heavily accented delivery and penchant for familiar Dublin cadences means writing can only be set in one place, elevating the album among the great modern works set in the city. A project that started out as an ode to friendship was remodeled under a tragic cloud. Balfe conceived of For Those I Love as a solo project when he was still a member of punk band Burnt Out. Its purpose was to capture the tight-knit friendships – that is, the beauty of the relationships that exist between groups of young men that often go unspoken. Particularly, he wanted to depict his connection with best friend and Burnt Out bandmate, the poet Paul Curran. Tragically, Curran died in early 2018. In his grief, Balfe has created an album infused with the love and bond that existed between the pair.
“For Those I Love fights for the underdog… raw and uncompromising electronic music that taps into both deeply personal trauma and wider societal ills for influence” - The Fader
“His debut album as For Those I Love, due early next year, evokes the rave nostalgia of Jamie XX and the urban melancholia of Burial with a pitch black wit.” - VICE
“Balfe will be one of the talents our entire cultural year orients around.” - The Irish TImes
- 1.I Have a Love
- 2.You Stayed / To Live
- 3.To Have You
- 4.Top Scheme
- 5.The Myth / I Don't
- 6.The Shape of You
- 7.Birthday / The Pain
- 8.You Live / No One Like You
- 9.Leave Me Not Love
Item code: SEP004D
Label: September Recordings
Info correct on: 11/2/2021