Five years after “Darder” and seventeen since his debut, balago starts from scratch again. More alone and isolated from his music surroundings than ever, although this must be seen as something positive and inspiring, David Crespo, with the invaluable help of his inseparable companion Guim Serradesanferm, offers us in “El demà” a complete rethinking of his ideas, culminating in his most imaginative, lucid and dazzling recording yet. Leaving false steps behind, accurate as a sniper, moving to the point of tears, the album features all the most recognizable elements in balago’s universe –an ambient starting point, the combination of electronic programming and an analogue obsession, flashes of ravishing melancholy, a strong influence of science-fiction, religion and philosophy…-, from a serious, deep and specially inspired point of view, as if Crespo had found that creative excitement which is essential to redefine the course of his band.
A soundtrack for an hypothetical tomorrow marked by alienation, loneliness, despair, misanthropy and the failure of the human being, “El demà” is closer to the ideas of Aldous Huxley, J.G. Ballard, Charles Darwin, Philip K. Dick or Arthur Schopenhauer than to the latest flavor of the month from the electronic scene. Unlike what most people would expect, seclusion and isolationism, both sonically and existentially, feed and power balago’s musical inspiration. And the result is his gloomiest, most disappointed recording yet, but also his most emotional and seductive one, a disturbing reflection of a dystopian world doomed to disappear.
“El demà” conveys feelings of unrest, defeat and concern to the beat of dark ambient, neoclassical music, cosmic electronica, contemporary music, library music or soundtracks. There are echoes and references to Coil, Oneothrix Point Never, Leyland Kirby, Brian Eno, Burial, Bach, Arvo Pärt, John Carpenter, Angelo Badalamenti, Harold Budd, Forest Swords and many other names that, at some point, have fed or still feed the band’s musical universe. But more than anything else, “El demà” sounds like balago, who now sounds closer than ever to its own music personality. [David Broc]