Though the group hails from Portlandia these days, the group’s beginnings were settled far away in the Eastern Hemisphere. Songwriter Daniel Sheron was working as a copy editor and telemarketer in Russia when he decided to uproot himself and move to Siberia to write what would become Balto’s first record, October’s Road. From there he headed to a Brooklyn basement to record, then toured across the US and Canada before settling down on the West Coast and teaming up with his current lineup. It’s an era Sheron somewhat revisits with this new 7-inch, this time with his band in tow.
“We chose to re-track ‘The Railyard’, which led off Balto’s first record, in part, because of how much fun we thought it would be to tear apart an older song and put it back together as a band,” Sheron tells Consequence Of Sound. “The mood and structure of the song left so much room for experimentation and growth, and we wanted to make something at once lush and tender, but also heavy and charged. Seth (drums) and Devon (bass), just killed this track.”
Sheron and the band carry over this same mentality with the two other offerings, reveling in the heavy-hearted sounds of acoustic guitars and sparse percussion. The title track is a weepy, meandering ballad that constantly builds and pulls itself back. Meanwhile, “Saints & Crows” provides a glimpse at the band’s more upbeat side. Even then, though, Sheron’s weighty vocals are mired in mischief and pessimism. It’s a fully realized version of Sheron’s Siberian musings, finally with the punch they deserve.
Also, check out a live video of “Call It By Its Name” below.
Call It By Its Name Tracklist:
01. Saints & Crows
02. The Railyard
03. Call It By Its Name